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Monday, April 23, 2018
T HE WORL D’ S M O ST P O PU L AR FRE E N E WSPAP E R
Farah can’t get a drink in hottest marathon: Pages 2-3 & Sport »
FACEBOOK SUED
OVER SCAM ADS
It’s a Bit rich:
Martin Lewis
appears to
endorse a
Bitcoin scheme
in a fake advert
on Facebook
FINANCIAL guru Martin Lewis is
suing Facebook for allegedly profiting
from online scams that fraudulently
use his image.
The TV personality and MoneySavingExpert founder accuses the
social network of raking in cash from
adverts posted by criminals who are
n Labour MP brands government ‘institutionally racist’
Page 7 »
by DANIEL BINNS
conning vulnerable people out of
thousands of pounds.
Mr Lewis, whose landmark legal
action will be launched in the High
Court today, claims more than 50 fake
ads featuring him have appeared on
Facebook in the past year alone. Some
used his identity to scoop up bank
details or sell risky financial products,
including trading schemes for virtual
currencies such as Bitcoin.
He told Metro: ‘I’ve spent my whole
Continued on Page 5 »
n Why it’s a rubbish end to the heatwave
Page 9 »
2 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
FARAH’S LEFT
HIGH AND DRY
Water woe costs Sir Mo race but he sets new British record
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
Agony: Runners struggle in heat PA/GETTY/EPA/KARWAI TANG
AN EXHAUSTED Sir Mo Farah
became the fastest British marathon
runner in history yesterday – finishing
in third place in the hottest London
Marathon ever.
As temperatures soared to 24.1C, the
four-time Olympic champion shaved
nearly a minute off Steve Jones’ 33year-old record – crossing the line in a
time of 2hr 6min 21sec.
But a mix-up at a water station –
which saw snap-happy stewards seem
more concerned with taking pictures
of Sir Mo rather than handing him his
drink – cost him vital seconds.
In the confusion, fellow elite runners
– including race winner Eliud Kipchoge – were able to put distance
between themselves and Sir Mo.
‘They (stewards) were trying to take
a picture rather than giving me the
drink,’ said the 35-year-old.
‘I was saying to the people on motorbikes to tell staff to be a bit helpful
instead of taking pictures. I wasn’t
wasting energy, I just needed a drink. I
had to get it right,’ he added
But Sir Mo, who quit the track
last summer to concentrate on
marathon running, said he
‘enjoyed’ his run through
London – and the support from spectators.
‘I gave 110 per
cent like I
always do,’
he said. ‘I’ve
got a lot to
learn about
the marathon
but as long
as I can I’ll
keep doing
it.’ The
Queen
Snap to it: Sir Mo tries to grab bottle as officials take photos on phones (left), retrieving water (right) PIXEL800O
Out of frame: Mix-up costs Sir Mo time (left), who rows with steward (right). Inset, collapsing at finish line
started the race by pressing a button at
Windsor Castle – just hours after
attending a gala at the Royal Albert
Hall to celebrate her 92nd birthday.
Organisers warned runners against
wearing fancy dress in the record heat.
But thousands ignored the advice, with
some donning suits of armour, while
others dressed as Big Ben and cuddly
characters on the 26.2 mile course.
A record 386,050 people applied for a
place in the race – the highest number
for any marathon. But just 40,000 won
starting places, among them firefighters
who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze
and a police officer stabbed in the Lon-
don Bridge terror attack. Meanwhile,
almost 100 runners attempted Guinness
World Records – and the amount raised
for charity is set to top the record
£61.5million achieved last year.
Extra water stations were laid on to
help runners cope in the heat, but dozens – including Sir Mo - collapsed at
the finish line and had to be helped
back to their feet.
‘I am knackered,’ Sir Mo said afterwards. ‘The guys just went for it, at
world record pace. I hung in as much
as I could. It’s so different to being on
the track. It’s different pain and different training, but I’ve enjoyed it.’
Sport Page 32 »
Squids in: Racer as octopus (above), and a Stars Wars pilot (left)
Fancy that: Runners ignore advice to ditch outfits PA/REX/GETTY
Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 3
Marathon effort: Runners
make their way over Tower
Bridge. Yesterday’s race
attracted a world record
field of more than 40,000
competitors and as
temperatures hit 24.1C, it
was the hottest in the
event’s 37-year history
PA/WPA
On One’s
marks...:
The Queen
hits a red
button at
Windsor
Castle to
start 2018
London
Marathon
4 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
Ministers ‘still making case
for leaving customs union’
by JOEL TAYLOR
A SENIOR minister has played down
reports Theresa May is preparing a Uturn on the government’s plan to leave
the customs union with the EU.
Justice secretary David Gauke said
MPs could still be persuaded, following a defeat in the Lords last week and
reports a number of Tory MPs will
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INTERNATIONAL trade
secretary Liam Fox has
pledged to cut ‘bureaucracy and
red tape’ to promote free trade
post-Brexit. In a speech at
London’s Guildhall today, Dr Fox
will say the UK will enjoy ‘a new
degree of economic agility’ outside
the EU. The Brexiteer will add his
department’s task is to ‘remove
the unnecessary regulation,
bureaucracy and red tape that
inhibit the free trade in services’.
vote in favour of membership in the
Commons.
‘We can make that case to Parliament,’ he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr
Show. ‘I think we can win that case, I
think we have got to win that case and
that is my determination.’ Remaining
in the customs union would be popular
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with some business leaders and could
resolve difficulties with the Irish border. One Downing Street aide told the
Sunday Times it ‘will not be crying into
our beer’ if a reversal was forced.
This would likely enrage Brexiteers,
with No.10 reported to believe that
international trade secretary Liam Fox
and foreign secretary Boris Johnson
could resign. Former Cabinet minister
Nicky Morgan, who is behind a procustoms union Commons motion, told
the BBC the move was not intended as
a threat to the prime minister’s position and the ‘sabre-rattling’ was ‘coming from the pro-Brexit section of the
party and it’s deeply unhelpful’.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily
Thornberry also told the Marr show
staying in a customs union ‘makes
sense’. A No.10 source said: ‘Government policy hasn’t changed, we are
leaving the customs union.’
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Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 5
‘It is a dangerous problem
that is affecting real people’
» Continued from Page 1
career advising the public on how to
save money and campaigning to protect
vulnerable people from being conned,
and now my image is being regularly
used for exactly the opposite.
‘When I report an advert to Facebook
they eventually remove it but then the
next day another one will just appear
again.
‘When Facebook is sent one of these
ads they should simply refuse to publish them. But they don’t, they keep
taking the money from the scammers
and publishing, so Facebook is complicit and culpable.
‘Their behaviour is morally repugnant – enough is enough.’
Diana Bundy, 70, was tricked into
handing over her £150,000 life savings
to a Bulgarian-based get-rich-quick
‘investment opportunity’. She was
horrified when the firm then refused to
‘Enough is enough’:
MoneySavingExpert
founder Martin Lewis
on ITV’s This Morning
says he never appears
in online adverts REX
Four die in coach
fire on Mecca trip
FOUR Britons died and 12
others were injured in Saudi
Arabia when their coach
crashed while on a pilgrimage
to Mecca.
A woman in her 60s from
Blackburn, Lancashire, as well
as a man and a mother and
son from Preston, were
travelling from Mecca to
Medina on Saturday.
Tour operator Hashim Travel
said the coach the four were
on was hit by a fuel tanker
which then caught fire,
setting the bus alight. Victims’
relatives have been informed.
Ex-police adviser
facing race charge
A FORMER race relations
adviser to the police has been
charged with a racially
aggravated offence.
Judah Adunbi, also known as
Ras, was arrested at his
Bristol home on April 18
and will appear in court
next month.
He was charged with a
racially aggravated public
order offence following an
alleged incident at a betting
shop on March 29.
The 64-year-old has been
bailed to appear at Bristol
magistrates court on May 22.
Un-safe: Fraudulent fin
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refund her money after she grew concerned. Ms Bundy’s bank reimbursed
her after Mr Lewis took up the case.
Another victim was conned out of
more than £19,000 after seeing a fake
advert with Mr Lewis’s image and is
demanding a refund from him.
Mr Lewis, who never appears in
adverts, said authorities appeared powerless to act as Facebook claims it is
not an advertiser or UK publisher.
He claims his reputation and company have suffered and is suing for
defamation. Any damages he receives
will be donated to anti-scam charities.
Mr Lewis said there may be thousands who have been duped but are too
embarrassed to come forward. Calling
for a change in the law, he added: ‘This
is a real, dangerous problem which is
affecting real people, either financially
IN BRIEF
Muscle waste risk
for Mars colonists
Roasted: A coffee-bran
Fake news: A dubious a
with scams or by risking their health
with things like fake diet pills.
‘I don’t want Facebook shut down, I
just want them to hold up their hands
and change how they operate’.
TV stars Lorraine Kelly and Holly
Willoughby have also been used in
fake online adverts for diet pills. The
case comes after health secretary
Jeremy Hunt accused social media
firms, including Facebook, of ‘turning
a blind eye’ to their impact on children
and demanding they act to cut down
on underage use and prevent cyber
bullying. Facebook said it does not
allow adverts ‘which are misleading or
false’ and has told Mr Lewis it will
remove any that infringe his rights.
It added several adverts and accounts
that breached its advertising policies
were removed ‘only last week’.
THE first people to live on
Mars could be at increased
risk of developing muscle
damage, research says.
An international team
simulated the impact of 21day spaceflights and low
gravity environments, like
that of the red planet, on the
knees of one leg in 11 fit men.
It found inactivity may be
the biggest danger, ahead of
‘hypoxia’ – a lack of oxygen.
Nasa will send the first
humans to Mars in 15 years,
says Donald Trump, with
missions taking three years.
6 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
Royal wedding bells
to chime with huge
boost in UK tourism
A BOOST in spring tourists is expected
as holidaymakers flock to Britain for
the royal wedding next month.
Tourism bosses are hoping to cash in
on the 100,000 revellers set to descend
on Windsor, Berkshire, for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle (both pictured) on May 19.
Visit Britain director Patricia Yates
said Ms Markle’s connection to American audiences and attractive exchange
rates were likely to contribute.
‘It’s a great opportunity, it’s a great
showcase moment for Britain,’ she
said. ‘We know that history and heritage is already a major draw for travel
by PETER CARY
to the country, and it’s really about
interpreting that for a younger audience, showing a couple that are in
love. Obviously she is American, so there’s that connection with international
markets, and there is
already huge interest in
the fashion she’s wearing, and some of the
modern British culture too.’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s
Big security
bill : The royal
wedding in 2011
wedding contributed to a seven per
cent rise in visitors between April
and June 2011 – around 8.3million,
up from 7.8million in 2010.
About 600,000 queued to see the
duchess’s wedding dress when
it went on display at Buckingham Palace that summer.
Last week, Airbnb predicted a 192 per cent rise in
bookings for Windsor
between May 18 and May
20, compared with the
same period last year,
and a 1,438 per cent
increase in Slough.
£6.35m cost of policing big day
THE policing bill for the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding
was £6.35million, newly-released
figures have revealed.
About £2.8million was spent on
overtime costs for the event in 2011.
The figures come weeks before
Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle,
and amid a row over police staffing
levels. Thames Valley Police expect
100,000 people to head to Windsor
on May 19 . Met Police officers will
be drafted in to support colleagues,
which the force’s Police Federation
chairman Ken Marsh has called a
‘huge drain’ on resources.
The Home Office replied: ‘Police
have the resources they need.’
A nipper
expected
for Pippa
PIPPA MIDDLETON
is pregnant with
her first child, it
has been reported.
The Duchess of
Cambridge’s
younger sister is
due to give birth in
October – 17
months after
marrying fund
manager James
Matthews, 42.
‘When Pippa
found out she was
pregnant, she was
obviously thrilled
and utterly
overjoyed,’ a friend
told the Sun on
Sunday, adding her
family ‘could not be
more delighted’.
Pippa, 34, has not
commented on the
questioning of
James’s father
David Matthews by
French police over
historic rape
allegations – which
he denies.
James’s younger
brother, former
Made in Chelsea
star Spencer
Matthews, 28, is
also expecting his
first child with
fiancée Vogue
Williams.
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Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 7
Labour steps
up Windrush
scandal row
with ‘racist’
Tories claim
Shocked: Emily Thornberry
Thornberry:
Anti-Semitic
abuse really
sickens me
‘Hostile’:
Dawn Butler
(right) has
accused
Theresa May’s
government of
institutional
racism amid
calls for home
secretary
Amber Rudd
to resign AFP
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LABOUR’S shadow equalities minister accused the government of ‘institutional racism’ yesterday as the party
stepped up its attacks over the Windrush scandal.
Dawn Butler accused the prime minister and her Conservative colleagues
of pushing policies which have disproportionately hurt black people and
other ethnic minorities.
She cited austerity cuts and Theresa
May’s 2012 boast, when she was home
secretary, of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for illegal immigrants.
Her claim comes amid a growing
row over the ‘Windrush’ generation of
Britons who came to the UK from the
Caribbean between 1948 and 1971, but
who have recently faced deportation
due to new laws over documents. She
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E ARE a nation in denial to avoid thinking about what would
happen if you had a financial setback.’
about rainy days ahead,
according to new figures. So how did we get into such a mess and
Job loss or illness? ‘That how do we get on a better path?
‘We’re a nation of spenders,’ says
won’t happen to me,’ we
personal finance expert and
think. Worryingly, Legal & General’s
commentator Jasmine Birtles. ‘We have
Deadline To The Breadline research has
to take a step back and make some
revealed that the average UK employee
fundamental changes in the way we live
only has enough savings to last just one
day to day, so that we get more into the
month if their income stopped. A
habit of saving – spending only on what
quarter said their savings would only
want.’
last a week or less. The Scottish Friendly we know we need or really
Disposable Income Index, looking at the
savings of UK households, found that
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50% of people surveyed were concerned
outgoings, says Anthony Morrow, CEO
about how they would cope with a large,
of evestor.co.uk. ‘A monthly budget
unexpected bill.
sounds simple, but most people don’t
‘Figures like these show how truly
it. They
precarious our lives are when it comes to actually take the time to do
guestimate. Looking ahead can feel
our finances,’ says Richard Kateley at
difficult, particularly if your salary is
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Windrush: PM apologises
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to Caribbean lleaders
‘son 14 toLd
told Sky News: ‘In my own personal
opinion, and I’m speaking as myself as
Dawn Butler, the daughter of Jamaican parents, I’m saying that Theresa
May has presided over racist legislation that has discriminated against a
whole generation of people from the
Commonwealth.’
She added that Mrs May’s policies
BBC
‘have disproportionately affected people from the Commonwealth and people of colour’, labelling them ‘institutional racism’.
Meanwhile, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and
shadow chancellor John McDonnell
yesterday called on home secretary
Amber Rudd to resign. Ms Rudd is
expected to make a statement to parliament this afternoon.
Speaking in Wales, Labour leader
Jeremy Corbyn said the Tories were
using immigration to distract from their
efforts of ‘pandering to a rich elite’.
But Justice Secretary David Gauke
said Ms Rudd should not resign, telling the BBC: ‘When it comes down to
it, the central policy is right.’
And Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said
the comments were a ‘ploy’ to draw
attention away from Labour’s in-fighting. He told Sky News: ‘There’s no
doubt that we’ve got a Labour party
which is mired in racist behaviour.’
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EMILY THORNBERRY yesterday
told of her shock that members of
the public claiming to be Labour
supporters have approached her in
the street and defended antiSemitic remarks.
Speaking to Nick Robinson,
guest host of the BBC’s Andrew
Marr Show, the shadow foreign
secretary said she was ‘sickened’
at the continuing anti-Semitism
row and ‘fed up’ with the failure to
root it out of the party.
She said that ‘people feel it’s fine
to come up and talk to you in the
most appalling terms’.
She added: ‘I spoke to someone
last weekend and I was really
shocked to suddenly see the way in
which the conversation turned.
‘She thought she was supportive
of Labour and supportive of me.
I had to tell her that was really
not acceptable.’
She insisted Labour’s new
general secretary Jennie Formby
was tackling the issue head on.
In the Commons last week,
Labour MPs spoke about the
abuse they had received from
supporters of the Labour leader.
However, Jeremy Corbyn did not
take part in the debate.
Asked if she was ‘ashamed’ at
the anti-Semitic abuse directed at
Labour MPs by party supporters,
Ms Thornberry replied: ‘Of course
I am. I’m sickened by it.’
8 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
Children of alcoholics to
get help from £6m fund
CHILDREN suffering at the
hands of alcoholic parents will be
offered a lifeline under plans to
provide them with quick access
to support and services.
An estimated 200,000 children
in England living with alcoholdependent parents are to be given
faster access to mental health
services and support for their
families under government plans.
It comes after the NSPCC
reported a 16 per cent rise in calls
involving drink or drug abuse.
Outreach programmes to get
more parents successfully
through addiction treatment, and
early intervention programmes
to reduce the numbers of
children needing to go into care,
will also benefit from £6million in
funding from the government.
Public health minister Steve
Brine has been given the specific
responsibility for children with
alcohol-dependent parents.
He said: ‘All children deserve
to feel safe, and it is a cruel
reality that those growing up
with alcoholic parents are robbed
of this basic need.
‘Parents struggling to cope
need support to get back on their
feet and children need to be
provided with safety and
stability.’
Bike event aimed
at clearing the air
MORE than 40 per cent of
pupils are worried about air
pollution near their school.
Of 1,000 six- to 16-year-olds
surveyed, 43 per cent said
they were concerned about
the levels.
The YouGov poll was carried
out for walking and cycling
charity Sustrans ahead of the
Big Pedal 2018. The event,
which runs until May 4, will
see more than half a million
children cycle, walk or scoot to
and from school.
Sustrans boss Xavier Brice
said: ‘More needs to be done
to improve air quality. One of
the best ways to do this is by
reducing car journeys.’
Hit show: Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan (third from right) in Smallville
WARNER BROS
TV actress is
charged with
recruiting sex
slaves for cult
SMALLVILLE actress Allison
Mack was due back in court
today as she faces charges
of recruiting women for a
sex cult disguised as a
self-help group.
The 35-year-old, who
played Chloe Sullivan in the
Superman TV show, could
be jailed for 15 years.
She was refused bail at a
Brooklyn federal court on
Friday where she denied
recruiting female ‘slaves’
for the mentoring group.
Mack’s lawyers were due
back in court to petition for
her to be released on bail.
She has been accused of
helping group leader Keith
Raniere recruit women
to be exploited through
work and sex.
Mack (pictured) has
denied all the charges
after Raniere, who is
also being held in custody, was arrested in
Mexico by the FBI
last month.
The prosecution
claimsMackserved
as a slave master,
enticing women to
work for the ring
leader, whose Nxivm
group claimed it was
empowering women.
Richard Donoghue, for the
prosecution, said: ‘Allison Mack
recruited women to join what
was purported to be a female
mentorship group that was,
in fact, created and led by
Keith Raniere.
‘Mack directly or
implicitly required her
slaves… to engage in sexual activity with Raniere.’
He concluded: ‘In exchange for
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this, Mack received financial
and other benefits.’
Raniere could also face 15
years in prison if he is found
guilty.
Included in the allegations were claims that
Raniere, 57, would
put a rotating group
of 15 to 20 women
on ‘strict diets’
as he preferred
them thin.
He is said to
have won their
silence over his
dealings with him
by threatening to
use ‘collateral’ against
them, such as naked pictures or damaging information about their families and friends.
He is also accused of
branding the women’s
groin regions with his
initials, burning them
with a cauterizing pen and
telling them to ‘think of
[their] master’.
Prosecutors said on
Friday: ‘Under the guise
of female empowerment,
[Mack] starved women
until they fit her codefendant’s sexual ideal,
and she targeted vulnerable women.’
German-born Mack, who was
described as looking gaunt in the
courtroom, is thought herself to be
one of Raniere’s former slaves.
Her former Smallville co-star
Kristin Kreuk was also forced to
deny in March that she was a
recruiter for Raniere.
The hit US TV series, broadcast
on Channel 4, finished in 2011.
Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 9
WORDS WHALE US... ORCAS SPOTTED IN CLYDE
Rubbish end to heatwave
by RACHEL MCDERMOTT
A BLAST of warm weather has left a
city’s residents hot under the collar
after sunseekers left mountains of trash
behind.
Litter was strewn across parks and
punts in Cambridge, where hundreds
headed outdoors to enjoy scorching
temperatures over the weekend.
Local Joyce Phillips, 49, said: ‘I
understand people want to go out and
have a good time in the sunshine, but I
don’t know why they can’t clear up
after themselves.’
Discarded meat packaging and used
disposable barbecues were among the
BRITAIN’S gardeners face an invasion of sex-mad cannibal slugs
from the Costa del Sol. Millions of the pests, called Arion vulgaris,
are believed to have arrived here on imported salad leaves. As well as
eating crops, the six-inch creatures – immune to slug pellets – eat dead
mice, dog mess and each other. And, breeding at twice the rate of our
slugs, they are mating with native species to create ‘superslugs’.
items dumped. Surveyor Tim Price,
53, said: ‘I walk my dog through these
areas and she is drawn to the smells the
packaging gives off. Just think what
other wildlife and vermin they attract.’
Cambridge was not the only city to
fall victim to litter louts as temperatures in Britain soared higher than in
Barcelona, Athens and Los Angeles.
James Dean Bradfield – lead singer of
rock band Manic Street Preachers –
was spotted helping clear up a rubbishblighted park in Cardiff..
However, the problem is likely to be
short-lived. After recent 29C highs,
weather experts predict temperatures
will plunge to a chilly 15C this week
with possible snow on northern hills.
What a waste: Scorching sunshine led to piles of rubbish in Cambridge SWNS
Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 11
Tributes to DJ Avicii
– last seen partying
with his pals in Oman
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Outpouring of grief: Fans
in Stockholm gather to
mourn the Swedish star REX
Health issues: DJ Avicii, pictured centre, on a boat before he was found dead
A FINAL picture of tragic DJ Avicii
has emerged of him partying on a
boat with a drink in his hand hours
before he died aged 28.
The Swedish DJ looked relaxed
with pals as he took in the waters
off Oman in the Middle East,
hours before he was found dead in
the capital Muscat on Friday.
Local police said his death was not
being treated a suspicious.
The Hey Brother musician had
been candid about his health woes
in recent years, revealing he had
acute pancreatitis due in part to
excessive drinking. He had his
gallbladder and appendix removed
in 2014.
Fans gathered in Stockholm and
many more round the world paid
homage, with his music sales up
‘He is in a better
place’... tributes as
Mini-Me star dies
by ANDREI HARMSWORTH
HOLLYWOOD star Mike Myers led
the tributes to actor Verne Troyer who
has died aged 49.
Troyer starred opposite Myers,
playing his arch nemesis MiniMe in the hugely successful Austin Powers trilogy.
In a statement on Twitter, Meyers, 54, said:
‘Verne was the consummate professional and a
beacon of positivity for
those of us who had the
honour of working with
him. It is a sad day, but I
hope he’s in a better
place. He will be greatly
missed.’
His touching tribute
came after Troyer’s team
revealed the 2ft 8in former
Celebrity Big Brother
star’s death on Saturday.
‘It is with great sadness and
incredibly heavy hearts to write
that Verne passed away today,’
it said.
‘Verne was also a fighter when it
came to his own battles. Over the
years he’s struggled and won but
unfortunately this time was too much.’
The statement continued: ‘During
this recent time of adversity he was
baptised while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they
have this time to grieve privately.
‘Depression and suicide are very
serious issues. You never know
Powers and the glory:
Verne Troyer and Mike
Myers in Austin Powers:
The Spy Who Shagged Me
what kind of battle someone is going through inside.
Be kind to one another. And
always know, it’s never too
late to reach out to someone
for help.’
Earlier this month, Troyer was
taken to A&E in LA and treated
for alcohol poisoning after staff
were told he was ‘drunk and suicidal’ in a 911 call.
Troyer, who also starred in
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s
Stone, posted on Instagram last year:
‘I’ve battled alcohol addiction in the
past and while it’s not always been an
easy fight, I’m willing to continue my
fight day by day.’
Rappers Vanilla Ice and Ludacris
and actress Marlee Matlin were among
stars who also posted tributes.
6,000 per cent in America alone
following news of his death.
The star, real name Tim
Bergling, had been about to release
new music. Geffen Records’ Neil
Johnson said: ‘We were working
on it and it was his best music in
years, honestly. He was so inspired.
He was so psyched.’
Stars paid homage, including
fellow DJ Kygo at Coachella in
California, who played the star’s
2017 hit Without You to a
backdrop of Avicii portraits.
Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 13
WORLD BITES
Sick salute:
The neoNazis raise
their arms
to mark
Adolf Hitler’s
birthday as
a swastika
burns
n A BUST of Roman Emperor
Marcus Aurelius has been
found in Egypt. It was
discovered in the Temple of
Kom Ombo in the city of Aswan,
the antiquities ministry said.
n NABI TAJIMA, the world’s
oldest person, has died aged
117. The mother of nine, who
is said to have 160
descendants, passed away in
Kikai, Japan, on Saturday.
PICTURES: GETTY
n PRESIDENT Emmanuel
Macron will today give Donald
Trump a sapling from Belleau
Wood in France, where 2,000
US troops died in World War I,
when they meet in Washington.
Burning hate
on display at
US Nazi rally
NEO-Nazis burned a swastika and raised
their arms in salute after a rally in the
US to mark Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
Members of the National Socialist
Movement gathered in a field and
torched wooden swastikas in scenes
similar to other white supremacist
groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
It took place about 50 miles away
from Newnan, Georgia, where officials
had permitted a rally to go ahead.
Despite attracting hundreds of antifascist protesters, the rally on Saturday
passed peacefully in the town, which is
about 40 miles west of Atlanta.
Fences and armed police kept about
two dozen neo-Nazis apart from protesters as an estimated 400 officers barricaded the streets. At least ten people
were arrested but there were no reports
of injuries.
The Atlanta Antifa and other counter-
by JOEL TAYLOR
protesters organised their own rally to
start earlier and outnumber the white
nationalist group and challenge their
beliefs.
Protesters carrying anti-fascist signs
were seen armed with guns. Footage
showed that some were arrested after
refusing to take off masks.
Citizens are allowed to carry a weapon
in public under Georgia law, but they are
not allowed to wear a mask. A law
passed in 1951 to help unmask Ku Klux
Klan members makes it illegal to wear
anything to conceal the face.
City officials said in a statement:
‘Newnan has a responsibility to protect
free speech rights, the individuals and
groups that chose to exercise those rights
and the broader community in which
those rights may be exercised.’
Dark side: National Socialist members in a field in west Georgia after the rally
‘Naked’ gunman kills four
in US restaurant shooting
A GUNMAN killed four diners in
a restaurant and injured two
others then fled the scene naked.
The shooter was wearing only a
jacket when he entered a Waffle
House diner in Nashville,
Tennessee, and opened fire with
an AR-15 rifle.
He was stopped by a diner who
wrestled the gun from him and
threw it over the counter.
As the gunman ran away he
took off his jacket. Memphis
Police tweeted: ‘Gunman shed his
coat and is nude.’ Officers
hunting the man named Travis
Reinking as a person of interest. A
truck driven to the restaurant was
Manhunt:
Travis
Reinking
was named
as a suspect
by US police
registered in his name.
Spokesman Don Aaron said the
29-year-old is known by police to
have an interest in firearms.
Praising the hero diner, he said:
‘No doubt he saved many lives.’
Mayor David Briley called the
shooting ‘a tragic day’ for the city.
14 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
When Adele left a pal
rolling in the creeps
A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S
RUMOUR HAS IT Adele was a real prankster back in
the day after giving her former schoolmate a fright.
The superstar’s backing singer Kelli-Leigh, who went
to The Brit School with Adele, said there were
plenty of high jinks when they toured for a
FANCY
year and half together in 2011.
making
‘I have a proper phobia of spiders and
waves at
Adele caught wind of that,’ she
Boardmasters? We’ve TWO
exclusively told Guilty Pleasures.
pairs
of weekend camping
Describing how the singer went off
tickets for the Newquay festival
and found lots of little black blobs,
from August 8-12, headlined by
Kelli-Leigh added: ‘It was all quiet in
George Ezra, Craig David and
i our make-up, getting ready for the
the dressing room. We were doing
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show. She came in, chucked [them] on me and screamed, “Spiders!
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fortunate because it’s selfish,’ he said.
RO GREEN feels that two
benefits of his fame are not ‘When you write music, unless you’re
one of the six writers in a room
being forced to grow up –
writing a One Direction song, you
or stoop to writing massdon’t go into the studio with the
market songs.
a
The Hackney rapper says that while thought that, “Oh, I’m gonna sell
lot”. You basically go in to work on
his City mates beaver away, he can
something that reflects how you feel
kick back and stay young forever –
at that moment.’
for example enjoying the odd messy
As for off-duty fun and games, he
drinking session without having to
told Rollacoaster magazine: ‘I haven’t
worry about a 9am desk job.
got much of a tolerance towards
The Read All About It singer, 34,
alcohol because I don’t really drink
explained: ‘I see my friends who are
any more. And then on Sunday my
in City jobs and stuff and, I don’t
brother stayed and one glass of
know, they seem like adults!
wine turned into a couple of
‘It’s weird because I’m one of
bottles of red wine which
the few people who really can
turned into about six Oldafford the ability to not grow up.’
Fashioneds which turned
The Professor’s solo success
into me and my Mrs
also means he doesn’t have to
[thought to be his
capitulate to commercial
ex-girlfriend
pressures in the
Fae Williams]
music biz.
taking turns
‘To be able
praying to the
to support
porcelain god.’
apper over the crapper:
myself
Read the full
ofessor was ‘praying to
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throughout that
interview in
whole time on
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Rollacoaster,
the back of a
RTEK SZMIGULSKI/ROLLACOASTER
out today.
hobby is really
4-0 result gets Ed down and shirty
NOT even a goodluck kiss could save
Ed Sheeran and Cherry
Seaborn from sporting
misery when they watched
Ipswich Town.
The couple, both wearing
wedding bands, were in
their home side’s shirts for
Saturday’s Championship
clash with Aston Villa –
The
where the Midlands team
romped to a 4-0 win. Still,
that didn’t stop them
feeling the love as Ed, 27,
kissed and cuddled Cherry
in the stands. He says they
wear the wedding rings so
no one will know when
they have tied the knot.
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Gutter
Weller well! It’s
Martin’s crush
Eminem marks
ten years sober
Jamie’s Bolt
from the blue
MARTIN
FREEMAN admits
he used to fancy Paul
Weller, saying many
people ‘had a crush
on Paul at some point,
no matter how gay or
straight we are’.
EMINEM is
celebrating a
decade of being dried
out. Posting a snap of
his AA sobriety coin,
the rapper, 45, wrote:
‘Celebrated my 10
years yesterday.’
JAMIE REDKNAPP
will struggle to
keep up when he
returns to football for
Soccer Aid on June
10... Usain Bolt will be
facing him on the
opposing team.
Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 15
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It’s my first romance with no
admits Gwyn
intimacy issues,, a
CHRIS MARTIN won’t be
thanking his ex-wife
Gwyneth Paltrow after she
said her new relationship is
the first with no intimacy
issues.
Gwynnie, 45, said to have
wed Brad Falchuk earlier this
month, over-shared on the
pitfalls of her past romances.
‘In the past, I’ve been in
relationships with men who
had intimacy issues,’ she told
Style magazine. ‘In a way,
some of the relationships were
designed to keep me out of
intimacy. Now, for the first
time, I feel I m in an adult
relationship that is sometimes
uncomfortable, because he
demands a certain level of
intimacy and communication
that I haven’t been held to
before.’
Jason’s there, Especially For You
AT LEAST Kylie
Minogue – who
admitted she was
‘deluded’ about her
failed engagement to
toyboy Joshua Sasse –
can still bend the ear
of her old flame Jason
Donovan.
pair had a 1988 hit
The p
SISTERS BEYONCÉ
BACK AF TER
STAGE TUMBLE
IT WASN’T only Beyonc
é’s fans
who were floored by
her second
Coachella showstopp
er.
Turning the set into a
family affair,
Beyoncé’s dance-off
with her sister
Solange didn’t quite
go according to
plan.
When she lifted 31-yea
Solange into the air, the r-old
tumbled over on to the y both
siblings got up, laughe stage. The
d it off and
carried on.
Beyoncé’s 48-year-o
ld
– who famously scuffle hubby JAY-Z
Solange in a hotel lift d with
in 2014 – also
joined her on stage for
a duet at the
weekend.
Dressed in candy pin
k,
36, and her 100 dancer Queen Bey,
s and band lit
up the California des
ert
time. Fans fearing the for a second
y had missed
out on last weekend’s
Destiny’s
Child reunion were del
igh
Kelly Rowland and Mic ted when
helle Williams
bowled up for anothe
r Fierce
showing with their exbandmate.
with Especially For You, and
Jase says they are still in
WhatsApp contact. ‘We
have different lives, but
when we come together
there’s a lot of saying,
“Wow, what happened
there?”’ said Jason, who
at 49 is the same age as
his Neighbours co-star.
’s in control
Strip’n’tux... Janelle
sed in suits because of
Brought to their
Desti-knees: Bey on
stage with Solange
and JAY-Z GETTY
JANELLE MONÁE explained
why she gets suited and
booted – and it’s not because
she’s a prude.
Showing off her style in Fault
r
magazine, the 32-year-old singe
and Moonlight actress said:
r
‘People used me to shame othe
women who wore clothes which
showed skin. They thought I was
dres
sa
respectability politics, but that’
en
lie. I’ve always been about wom
being in control of their narrative
and their bodies. If the
whole world were
wearing suits and
tuxedos, I’d be naked!’
See the full interview in
the new issue of Fault.
16 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
GOOD DEED FEED
THANK you to Laura, Joanne
and everyone else who helped
when I fell at Cowcaddens
Subway station last
Wednesday, especially the kind
soul who retrieved my glasses.
Caroline, Glasgow
THANKS to all on the 5.17pm
Glasgow to Larkhall on
Wednesday who tried to
protect me and my bump on
the packed train. I finally got
a seat!
Lauren, Glasgow
HUGE thanks to Bobby at
customer services at Charing
Cross station for buying me a
hot choc and train ticket home
when my wallet got stolen
while shopping – thought I’d be
walking miles to get home to
my family!
Hannah
THANKS to Debbie, who
bought my food shopping for
me when I had run out of cash
in Tesco in Southam. I hope
I would do likewise!
Anon
THANK you to the vaping gent
who created distance between
me and an older man trying to
move closer to me at a bus
stop last Tuesday. You kept an
eye on him on the bus too!
B, Barnehurst
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Charles is ideal for
the Commonwealth
But Harry’s young and would be a good leader
n The Queen’s decision to pass the
baton of head of the Commonwealth to
Prince Charles seems sensible (Metro,
Fri). This role is best retained by royalty.
Charles is likely to respect the Queen’s
long dedication to the Commonwealth.
A non-royal in this role is likely to
require additional funding and be
more open to corruption.
Yvonne, London
n The royals are loved all over the
world, whether the Labour Party likes it
or not. The royals are taught to lead from
birth and Charles should be the next
Commonwealth leader.
Anon
n Well done Her Majesty, your son
Charles is the perfect choice as head of
the Commonwealth! He will serve his
duties with great loyalty!
Barbara Steve, Battersea
Baton passing:
g The Metro on Friday
doubt she took the opportunity to check
their papers and remind them that they
face arrest if they linger in the UK after
the meeting.
Marcus, North Shields
n Charles is no leader and does not
deserve the title, although Prince Harry
is a different story. There is a man who
would do great in that role.
Anon
n The Commonwealth should always be
led by the reigning monarch. The
monarchy is the fabric and bond of the
Commonwealth with its rich history and
diversity. It is impartial, non-political
and the common denominator in all
member states. Long live the Queen!
Mark, Berkshire
n Charles is not suitable. Lives with his
head in the clouds.
Anon
n I think Charles is an ideal candidate. I
don’t believe we should ‘break from the
days when the member nations were
British colonies’. It is what it is and we
as a country, having profited from these
nations and populated some of them in
the past, should be responsible for them.
I hope that a terrible situation like the
Windrush debacle never ever happens
again.
John, Abergavenny
n We need a younger person with youth
and vitality. Prince William or Harry.
John Mould, Leicestershire
n Good to see Theresa May hobnobbing
with the Commonwealth leaders. No
n Harry would be my choice. Charles is
not worthy; he is a man who made a joke
of the role of being a faithful husband
and then married a divorced woman!
Janice Whitehead
n Surely I am not alone in thinking the
word nepotism?
John Nightingale, South Redbridge
n The Commonwealth leaders photo
showed the lack of equality – women are
50 per cent of the population yet only
seven out of 53 leaders are female. Wow.
Sarah, Edinburgh
RUSH-HOU R C RU SH
LOVE is all around us, as shown
by the messages left by our
commuter cupids. Are they
talking about you? Don’t forget
to tell us if you get together!
TALLISH handsome guy with a ginger
beard and jumper. We’ve smiled
across a Tube carriage at Vauxhall
twice now! Wine?
Slim Brunette With A Long Fringe
GUY on the train from Fenchurch
Street station last Tuesday in a suit
with a pink shirt and pink socks.
Thank you for opening the train door
without me asking. Coffee?
Ryan
TALL, broad guy with short brown
hair in grey/green leather jacket. You
brushed up against me on the
Northern line between Stockwell and
Kennington. We made eye contact.
Wish I got your number but my heart
was racing.
Blue Jumper Guy
LADY with new tattoo who got off at
Farnborough. Convince me to get a
tat?
Dude With Mac, Basingstoke
TALL African girl on Jubilee line on
Friday April 13, you got off at London
Bridge. We were both in black. You
had a long black coat, boots and a
small top. We exchanged looks.
Guy With Black And Gold Glasses
Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 17
AND ANOTHER THING...
n So Onslow St Audrey’s is
charging 5p for a plastic cup
so children can drink water
(Metro, Fri). Has it not
occurred to the head that the
school should be setting an
example? Far better to have
free glasses or ceramic mugs
that can be used repeatedly
Ben, London
for years.
n Charging 5p a cup to
persuade students to bring in
containers is ridiculous. These
would be carried in dirty
school bags with sweaty gym
kits covered in mud and germs
from a playing field. Paul Grant
Evergreen: Kylie
Minogue performs at
the Royal Albert Hall
concert on Saturday
to celebrate the
Queen’s 92nd birthday
ANDREW PARSONS/PA
KYLIE STILL FANTASTIC AS SHE NEARS 50
n Doesn’t Kylie Minogue look fabulous as she approaches 50? And all
Jim, Edinburgh
natural too. Puts a lot of women half her age to shame.
Is the quiet zone sacred?
n Edward from Solihull (MetroTalk,
Fri), I just asked a woman shouting
down her phone if she realised it
was a quiet zone and she said she
did. After the usual sarcastic
comments to the person she was
talking to about me, she hung up.
It’s pure ignorance.
Pete, Essex
n The 5.01pm train from Fenchurch
Street on Friday. Yes, I was in the
quiet zone when I took an urgent
call from my sick daughter, which I
told you when you had a go at me.
You told me go to another carriage.
I hope when you or your family are
taken ill you get the same
treatment.
Lisa, Essex
TO the brunette with blue eyes last
Monday around 1.25pm. I was in a
brown leather jacket and we looked
at each other firmly as we walked
in opposite directions across
Parliament Street near Westminster
Bridge Road. Tea or coffee?
Angelo, Bermondsey
THE gent in the firefighter uniform
on the Euston to Watford
Overground, I spilled my coffee on
your shirt and you offered to buy me
a new one. Meet up and let me return
the favour?
The Lady In Red
BROWN hair guy with grey hood and
rucksack on the Victoria station
n Edward, try a different mindset.
These people used to wind me up
but now I pity them for being
uneducated village idiots, and now
see them in a different light!
Fred, Hampshire
n If I have to listen to the annoying
‘Times are changing’ message on
Southeastern trains once more, I will
not be responsible for my actions.
Chris, Kent
n Just a month ago, I found out
about the May 20 Govia Thameslink
timetable changes in a bus shelter
ad. Obviously, the first port of call
for rail passengers. Graeme, London
escalator on Sunday, April 15, around
6pm. You said I looked lovely.
I should’ve said you looked lovely
too. Coffee? Green(ish) Hair, Red Top
With Flowers, Red Clutch, Brazilian
(you asked me where I was from)
WE both got on at Canada Water
Overground on the evening of
Sunday April 15. You’re the guy with
curly red/blonde hair. We made eye
contact, there were sparks. I got off
at New Cross, smiling at you.
Tall Black Woman With Fab Locks
Text CRUSH followed by your Rush-Hour
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Standard network charge applies
n So we need a new name for
Asperger’s (MetroTalk, Fri)?
There is one – autistic
spectrum disorder or ASD.
Instead of disorder, ‘condition’
would be better, but it beats
Asperger’s, especially given
recent news. Describing how
well a person functions needs
to end too – responsibility
should not all be on the
autistic person to function
but also on society to adapt
to us.
Katie, Manchester
n I think that councils should
be penalised for trying to save
money through inadequate
refuse collection. In Newcastle
upon Tyne, within the past
year, 150 public litter bins
have been removed and
household collection has been
reduced to fortnightly, leading
to rubbish being dumped
Eva Maria Kania
everywhere.
n In response to Mike from
Cardiff (MetroTalk, Thu) who
criticised boss Tim Martin’s
decision to axe Wetherspoon’s
social media because booze is
also addictive. You normally
sit and talk in a pub, not just
stare at a personal screen.
Chris Barker, Marden
60
18 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
There’s a song about
your cancer treatment on
the album…
Yes, it’s a song we’ve been doing
since the 1970s called Sling Your
Hook but I’ve written a new verse –
it suited my situation with the
cancer. I’ve had treatment for
cancer of the oesophagus,
chemotherapy and
You worked with 1960s
radiotherapy. I have check-ups
producer Joe Meek, who
every three months. I feel
killed his landlady
strong, I can play the
then shot himself.
piano, do gigs and my
What was he like?
voice feels stronger than
He was an eccentric
Musical other half: character but he had
it did years ago.
Dave Peacock
SECONDSwith
CHAS HODGES
The piano-playing half of
Chas & Dave, 74, on how hit
song Rabbit woke a boy
from a coma and being
groped by a killer producer
amazing technical ideas. His studio
was in three storeys over a leather
shop on the Holloway Road.
Did he ever threaten to
shoot you?
No. He groped me one afternoon.
I said, ‘No thank you, Joe.’ I suppose
he thought he’d have a go but he
was all right after that. He could lose
his temper. He’d once bought an
expensive new microphone and one
of the band accidentally knocked it
over when we were going into the
studio. He came in from the booth
and started shouting ‘F*** off, the lot
of you’, so we f***ed off because he
was kicking tape spools over, throwing
anything he could get his hands on. It
was a bit over the top.
What happened?
They got me to ring him because
I was the only one who could talk to
him. I apologised about the microphone
but he said it wasn’t because of that –
he thought we’d messed up a recording
session with his singer Heinz Burt the
night before by deliberately playing in
the wrong key. We’d been known to play
tricks, like when Ritchie Blackmore put
a condom in Joe’s coffee but we’d never
ruin a session.
Would your hit Rabbit be
considered sexist today?
It was just a bit of fun. It was about
a girl who had everything going for her
but would talk at all the wrong times.
We got a few feminists on our backs.
We were doing it live at a university for
Radio 1 but the producer told us to do a
We were doing Rabbit
live at a university
but were told to do
a pre-recorded version
in case the feminists
stormed the show
PA WIRE
What can people expect from
your new album?
It’s half self-penned songs and half
obscure songs we’ve made our own
over the years. It’s the first album
we’ve produced for 30 years.
response from him. There was a letter
in the paper saying the feminists are
saying how terrible Rabbit is but it’s
brought a boy out of a coma. So think
on that.
The Duchess of Cornwall is a
fan of your work. Anyone else
unexpected?
The first one was Princess Margaret.
We did the Royal Variety Performance
in the 1980s and went to the bar for a
beer afterwards and we walked past
her table. She put her hand up and
motioned us over in her regal manner.
What else could we do? She made us sit
beside her – she talked about the old
music hall days and asked us to play
certain songs. She said, ‘I
learned that from my
grandmother, she loved the
music halls.’ She meant
Queen Mary. She said
she’d been a fan of ours
since she first heard us.
pre-recorded version as well just in case
the feminists stormed the show. We
turned up in the afternoon and there
were even a few blokes shouting, ‘You
sexist bastards.’ We went over the pub
and there were girls in there with
banners about ‘women are equal’ and
all that. I thought, ‘It’s only a fun
little song kids will like.’ The
majority of people who
bought Rabbit were little
kids who thought it was
about actual rabbits and
blokes who wanted us to
sign copies for their
mothers-in-law.
.Chas & Dave fan:. And Camilla?
That was at the Royal Variety
.Princess Margaret.
we did a few years ago. She
How did it go in the end?
said we reminded her of parties she
There were 700 students in the
used to go to years ago. ‘We always had
audience, we did Rabbit and we got the
Chas & Dave on,’ she said. Charles
biggest cheer you’ve ever heard. There
said: ‘You should have been on longer.’
was no trouble. We went back to the
I’d go along with that as well.
pub and there were still a few girls with
their banners who gave us a wave, so
ANDREW WILLIAMS
they can’t have been that upset. A few
weeks later we went to see a young
Chas & Dave’s new album
boy in a coma who was a Chas & Dave
A Little Bit Of Us is out now.
For UK tour dates, see chasndave.com
fan – we did a bit of Rabbit and got a
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IN BRIEF
Few on board: The
specially adapted
Spitfire flying over
The Needles
lighthouse on the
Isle of Wight
Hayfever ‘forces
1 in 5 off work’
ONE in five hayfever sufferers
have taken time off work due
to their allergy, a study finds.
Four in ten people have
struggled to do their job
because of symptoms that
include headaches, blocked
sinuses, shortness of breath
and itchy watering eyes.
Well Pharmacy commissioned
the study of 1,660 sufferers for
Allergy Awareness Week,
which begins today.
Spear man hunted
for lions... in Kent
A MAN brandishing a 3ft-long
spear said he needed it to
‘fend off lions’, a court heard.
Adam Haber was also armed
with a knife when arrested in
Sheerness, Kent, in September
last year. The 20-year-old, of
Canterbury, admitted
possessing offensive weapons
and was last week handed a
suspended five-month jail term
by Maidstone crown court.
Spitfire pilot sets
sights on solving
proposal mystery
by ADAM BENNETT
A SPITFIRE pilot has flown into
detective mode after spotting a giant
marriage proposal on a hill.
Dave Ratcliffe saw the romantic
gesture – 20ft letters saying ‘marry
me’ – as he steered a restored World
War II fighter above the South Downs
National Park near Chichester, West
Sussex, last week.
Now the 56-year-old is trying to
track down the sky-crossed lovers,
as he thinks one might be a local
pilot and he wants to know if the
proposal was successful.
Mr Ratcliffe, who flies for Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood
Aerodome, said: ‘This is the first
time I’ve seen one while flying a
Spitfire. It’s such a nice thing to do,
but we have not got a clue who it
Mystery: The proposal in West Sussex is only visible from the air
might have been. Let’s hope she
said “yes”. I would love to find out
that she said “yes”.’
Mr Ratcliffe, who works for the
world’s first Spitfire training school,
SWNS
flies around 600 people every year.
Dedicated to keeping the historic
plane in the skies, the company has
adapted the fighter plane into a twoseater to take passengers.
I had a ferry bad night sleeping in a bin
A rubbish sleep: Monty Phillips slept in a grit bin in Gourock CASCADE
A FERRY passenger spent the night
sheltering in a grit bin after the last boat
home was cancelled due to bad weather.
Monty Phillips, from Dunoon, said Argyll
Ferries staff would not let her stay in its
terminal at Gourock on the River Clyde.
The 49-year-old said: ‘I was starting to
get really cold, there was nowhere I could
sit that was keeping the wind off me. It was
a case of finding somewhere to rest.
‘It was a long and uncomfortable night
until 6am. I didn’t get any sleep at all – I
was too scared and too cold.’
Argyll Ferries said its staff tried to help
but ‘all offers of assistance were refused’.
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Heads hurt and bodies pile
up in this Westworld of pain
W
HEN did watching TV
have to make your head
hurt? Joining the evergrowing list of dramas
that play out as an
unholy marriage of philosophy
seminars and graphic novels (The City
And The City, Altered Carbon,
American Gods), sci-fi computer game
fantasy horror Westworld returns with
the question ‘have you ever
questioned the nature of your reality?’
I did – several times – as the first
episode of the new series shortcircuited my brain at 2am.
It’s a fine line between brilliance and
bamboozling bafflement and while the
recently-returned Legion, for all its
surreal flights of fancy, stays just the
right side, Westworld frequently
bounces over into wanton
weirdness. To paraphrase
Talking Heads classic Psycho
Killer, it talks a lot but it
doesn’t really say anything.
Comfortably cocooned in its
own cult niche, Westworld plays
it cool and clever, but it
crucially lacks heart. Who
or what are we rooting
for here? On the upside
Wild
Westworld:
REVIEW
Westworld
Sky Atlantic
HHH
by KEITH WATSON
it looks great, a futuristic Wild West
galloping across the scene in high
definition. And any show which has
Thandie Newton (pictured) as a badass is going to score bonus points.
But while the message is intended as
a cautionary tale about the
dehumanising nature of a computerdriven society, the staggeringly high
body count, corpses piling up with
casual abandon, simply comes off as a
gratuitous glorification of violence. I’ve
got a pretty high gore level, but
even my stomach churned – try
playing a Westworld drinking
game, a slug of bourbon for each
dead body, and you’ll be out for
the count by the first ad break.
Yes, Westworld expertly evokes
a sense of bleak alienation. But
you can get that from
Coronation Street: and
at least you’ll know
what’s going on.
Archaeologists
dig heels in over
Stonehenge tunnel
by EMILY BEAMENT
TOP archaeologists have cried foul
over plans for a road tunnel near
Stonehenge.
The group of 22 experts warned
that the plan to move an A-road
underground would destroy important archaeological remains.
The tunnel, part of the £1.6billion
upgrade of the A303 in Wiltshire,
aims to restore the tranquil setting
of the stone circle and reconnect the
landscape.
A new dual carriageway is
planned to closely follow the existing A303, with tunnel entrances
within the World Heritage Site.
But the academics said the tunnel’s western entrance would damage Stone Age burial monuments
known as long barrows, and the
new road would cut across a settlement dating from the building of
the stone circle.
The eastern entrance and a proposed flyover could affect groundwater conditions that would harm
important hunter-gather remains at
Blick Mead about a mile away.
The archaeologists said techniques were radically changing and
new and astonishing finds were
Far-reaching views: Experts say Stonehenge is a whole landscape
being made. ‘The A303 proposal is
a sad and retrograde step,’ they said.
‘Instead of respecting the World
Heritage Site as defining the area to
be protected, it recognises only the
land which is visible from the stones
themselves.
‘We have come to understand that
Stonehenge is a whole landscape
extending to the horizon in most
directions and even beyond.’ They
PA
called for the tunnel to be much
longer or the road to be routed to
the south of the site.
Prof David Jacques, who has led
the work on the Blick Mead site,
said it was ‘is starting to tell us the
story of the earliest phases of occupation in Britain and the Stonehenge landscape after the Ice Age’.
He said: ‘If we damage it, that
story will never be told.’
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IN BRIEF
Suicide blast hits
Kabul voter centre
A DAESH suicide bomber
killed at least 57 people at a
voter registration centre in
Kabul yesterday.
Another 119 people were
wounded as they gathered to
receive national identification
cards ahead of parliamentary
elections in October.
Five small children and 21
women among the dead.
The explosion shattered
windows several miles away
across Afghanistan’s capital.
Daesh claimed responsibility,
saying it had targeted shia
‘apostates’.
Catholics warned:
Don’t troll bishops
CATHOLIC leaders have called
for their congregations to keep
in line with church teaching
and stop trolling bishops on
social media.
The leaders of the Maronite
Catholic Church in Lebanon
made the plea.
They said websites must not
be used to brand clergy
‘heretics’, or insult them with
other terms that ‘violate
their dignity’.
‘Ecclesiastical laws require
respect for church ecclesiastical
authority,’ said Cardinal
Bechara Boutros Raï.
17 killed in dragon
boats river tragedy
SEVENTEEN people died when
two dragon boats capsized in
southern China.
The two crews were training
for a race on the Taohua River
in the city of Guilin, capital of
Guangxi region, when the
accident happened.
It was not immediately clear
what caused the boats to
capsize. The fire department
said search efforts ended late
on Saturday evening.
A total of 60 people went
into the water. Two people
who organised the training
session have been detained.
Unrest: Demonstrators, many of them
students, have been caught in violent
clashes with Nicaraguan riot police
over social security reforms AFP
SHOT DEAD ON
FACEBOOK LIVE
Journalist was reporting on Nicaraguan protests
JOURNALIST Angel Gahona was shot
dead on Facebook Live as he reported
on violent protests in Nicaragua.
A gunshot can be heard as he held up
his phone to film the scene in Bluefields. He then slumped to the ground.
Voices cried out his name and someone pressed a cloth to his bleeding
head. Fellow journalist Ileana Lacayo
confirmed Mr Gahona died before
reaching hospital.
At least 25 other people have been
by PETER ORSI
killed since Wednesday in escalating
unrest over social security reforms
planned by president Daniel Ortega’s
government, according to human rights
group Cenidh.
Footage shot by Mr Gahona showed
riot police advancing up a street. The
source of the gunshot could not be seen
but La Prensa newspaper stated police
were the only ones with guns. Last
night, Mr Ortega announced during a
national TV broadcast that the planned
reforms had been cancelled.
In an attempt to end one of the biggest
crises in his country’s history, he said
the social security board had voted to
revoke the measures that were approved
last week.
But protester Mauri Hernandez said:
‘There have been dead, wounded, and
he does not even apologise for his killings,’ adding Mr Ortega ‘must go’.
Killed: Angel Gahona was reporting
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Outnumbered by
robots in 2048
Singing all the
way to the bank:
Ed Sheeran and
Adele were among
artists to benefit
as online
payments boosted
royalties PA/GETTY
ROBOTS’ world ‘takeover’ will
come nearly 20 years after the
date predicted in the box-office
hit film Terminator, experts say.
In James Cameron’s 1984
movie starring Arnold
Schwarzenegger (pictured)
robots were a dominant force
by 2029. But Dr Ian Pearson, a
fellow of the British Computer
Society and the Royal Society
of Arts, forecasts that robot
domination will take until 2048
when there will be 9.4billion of
them alongside a human
population of 9billion.
The scientist, who prides
himself on an 85 per
cent success rate in
his predictions,
said: ‘By 2028,
some robots
will be starting
to feel genuine
emotions.’ In a
poll by Now
TV, six in ten
Brits said the
rise of robots
was a ‘threat
to humanity’.
A royalties
record for
Ed & Adele
ADELE and Ed Sheeran were
among UK musicians who shared
a record £605million in royalties
last year.
Performing Rights Society,
The Perform
which represeents 2million artists
worldwide, paaid £77.5million
more to its 1330,000 UK members
than in 2016.
heeran, Adele and
Tours by Sh
Little Mix booosted the figures. In
total, royaltiees for 6.6trillion
performancess – from downloads
d TV broadcasts –
live gigs and
re collecteed last year.
The bigggest leap came from
usic played online – up 53
nt to £122.9million
r cen
anks to new licensing
als. But PRS boss
oobert Ashcroft said
was critical it
ontinues to ensure
fair remuneration
or members’ works
digital music
nd
latforrms’.
Restaurant chiefs
i
pay out £192m to
keep firms afloat
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
RESTAURANT owners are increasingly being forced to dip into their
own pockets to keep businesses
afloat, new research shows.
Directors loaned £192million to
their restaurants last year – up 50
per cent on 2016, and double the
amount paid five years ago.
Analysts blame poor consumer
confidence and higher food
prices for a spike in the number
of restaurant closures.
The research comes weeks
after Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s
Italian chain closed a
dozen branches in a bid
to service debts of
£70million. The Italian
restaurant chain Strada
is shutting 11 branches,
and burger restaurant
Byron could close a
third of its 97 branches.
Gordon Ramsay Holdings
owes
directors
£10.5million. The report
says chains are struggling
USINESS BITES
n THE Beast from the East has
chilled economic growth, data
will show this week. Experts at
the EY ITEM Club predict gross
domestic product has grown
an ‘uninspiring’ 0.2 per cent in
the first 12 weeks of this year.
Food for
thought:
Burger
chain Byron
is shutting
branches.
(Inset)
Gordon
Ramsay
runs a
string of
restaurants
GETTY
to
access conventional
sources of finance.
‘Recent news about
some larger chains’
finances could have
made banks even
more cautious when
deciding whether to
lend to businesses,’
said Conrad Ford of
Funding Options.
He said businesses are
still suffering from the
Brexit referendum result,
n CONSUMER confidence rose
in the first quarter but
people’s perceptions remain
negative. The Deloitte
Consumer Tracker was minus
six per cent, up one point on
the final quarter of 2017.
which caused sterling to dip and the
price of food imports to jump.
The majority of loans are from
directors running small and
medium-sized restaurants, and continued Brexit pessimism could
make the situation worse, he said.
‘It is crucial that directors and
business owners who struggle to
access bank lending are aware of
alternative funding options available, instead of having to put their
own cash back into businesses,’ he
added.
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FIND HER IN THE HIGHLANDS
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Travel | Culture | Adventure
The hostel that’s
fit for a diva
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TRAVEL SECTION OF THE YEAR
An in-vogue filming destination,
Edinburgh is also one of the
coolest staycation city breaks,
says Richard Mellor
FROM HOLLYWOOD
TO HOLYROOD
‘E
DINBURGH is the new
Hollywood!’ declares
Andy The Highlander –
and as a regular in the hit
show Outlander, he does
have a point.
For among the TV shows and
movies to have recently been filmed
around Scotland’s handsome capital
are Avengers: Infinity War, T2
Trainspotting and forthcoming bigbudget Netflix show Outlaw King,
about Robert The Bruce.
Then there’s Outlander, the hit TV
series in which Andy (Andrew
McAlindon) – an electrician turned
actor – appeared before he started
doing tours of locations.
Dressed in a kilt and Balmoral
bonnet, Andy is today focusing on
another Edinburgh-set picture –
leads.
.Great Scot: Andy The Highlander (left)
oodhouse.
Holyr
Of
e
Palac
The
.location tours. Above:
the blockbuster Mary Queen Of
Scots, in which Saoirse Ronan
plays the mysterious monarch and
Margot Robbie her rival, Queen
Elizabeth I. Written by House Of
Cards creator Beau Willimon, it’s due
out in December.
My upmarket hotel, Dunstane
House, is offering two- or three-night
‘Mary Queen Of Scots getaways’
escorted by Andy (from £480 B&B,
with dinner and afternoon tea,
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OTH E R S U M M E R STAYCATI O N WE E K E N D S
Cornwall
Newcastle & Gateshead
Isle of Wight
Colwith Farm Distillery (colwithfarmdistillery.co.uk), the
county’s first single-estate – or ‘plough to bottle’ – gin and
vodka distillery, will offer tasting tours from June, costing
£15. Stay at Talland Bay (from £250 B&B, tallandbayhotel.
co.uk), which is creating its own blend to mark the occasion.
These two play host to the Great Exhibition of the North
(Jun 22 to Sep 9, getnorth2018.com), a one-off celebration
of northern England taking place over the entire summer
that promises Antony Gormley sculpture and original
Postman Pat models. Pick your weekend accordingly.
Turning 175 this year, Britain’s oldest theme park
Blackgang Chine will celebrate with firework parties from
July 23 to August 29 (from £22, blackgangchine.com). Stay
at Goodleaf Tree Climbing site, which has canopy camping
with 15m-high ‘tree tents’ (from £175 B&B, goodleaf.co.uk).
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Perfect setting:
On location: The hit television series Outlander
Regal: Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots
» Continued from Page 23
thedunstane.com). They’re ideal for
‘set-jetting’ die-hards or history buffs
wanting to learn more about the
turbulent life of Mary, who inherited
the Scottish throne when just six days
old. Suspected of murdering her
second husband and plotting against
Elizabeth, she was eventually
beheaded on her cousin’s orders.
We vroom to sites
where Saoirse shot
scenes. I tread what is
thought to be Mary’s
first bedroom
VISITSCOTLAND
Andy and I vroom to sites where
Saoirse and crew shot scenes. The
headliner is toffee-coloured
Linlithgow Palace, 15 miles west.
I tread what is thought to be Mary’s
first bedroom and admire the grounds
from a turret. Andy’s tailored tours
can also include Borthwick Castle,
from where Mary fled in disguise.
Scottish city with film-star looks
Back at Dunstane House’s cosy
Ba’ Bar, named after a street-football
game played in the Orkney Islands,
where owners Shirley and Derek
Mowat hail from, I sample a bottle
of malty Orkney Blast ale. This
new cocktail bar is the result of
a six-month renovation of their
Streets ahead:
Performers
entertain crowds
on the Royal Mile
during the
August festival
16-room Victorian townhouse, which
is found in the classy West End
neighbourhood and has previously
housed merchants and newspapermen.
Today, its rooms have Jane Churchill
peacock-print wallpaper and vintage
wardrobes.
I also book a two-hour Mini Mack
Tour (£125, minimacktours.com)
with hilarious brothers Rowan
and Andy Mackie, who drive
guests around lesser-known
sites like Duddingston, a
pretty village at whose Sheep
Heid Inn (thesheepheid
edinburgh.co.uk) – reputedly
Scotland’s oldest pub, at 658
years old – Mary played
skittles. There’s also a church
with a watchtower built to deter
19th-century bodysnatchers. ‘Oh,
and that’s the local village idiot,’
grins Andy, pointing at a just-out-ofearshot Rowan.
After we near the 820ft summit of
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s extinct
volcano and a lusty, two-hour climb
on foot, I move on to tour the Royal
Yacht Britannia (£16, royalyacht
britannia.co.uk), now
permanently moored in
Edinburgh having served
a holidaying Elizabeth II for
four decades.
In between peering at
a collector’s item photo of
Liz in trousers – hands up if
you’ve ever seen the Queen in
trousers – I learn that The Crown’s
producers created precise replicas of
some of the boat’s rooms for their
second series, for scenes then filmed
in studios elsewhere.
Visitors are advised to book but
Classy stay:
Dunstane House
is a 16-room
townhouse
especially so during summer,
with Edinburgh International
Festival (eif.co.uk) and its
accompanying Fringe
(edfringe.com) co-running
from August 3-27, when the
city will thrum thrillingly.
Crowds permanently clog the
Royal Mile, though. The
stately road links Edinburgh
Castle’s huge, scenic forecourt
(£17, edinburghcastle.scot) with
the Palace of Holyroodhouse,
Mary’s home for seven years (£14,
royalcollection.org.uk).
This is Edinburgh’s Old Town but
I prefer the New Town, where the
crowds thin and excellent places like
brunch specialist Urban Angel take
hold. Their peanut butter and maca
bowl has me scaling the city’s
many slopes with renewed vim
(£7.50, urban-angel.co.uk).
Everything’s in walking
distance, including decadent
Dunstane House. Slumping
into my suite’s freestanding
copper bathtub, I feel like
a glamorous film star. And
why not? Edinburgh is the new
Hollywood, after all.
In the mix: The
newly renovated
hotel features
a cocktail bar
Returns to Edinburgh from London
Gatwick with easyJet start at £54
easyjet.com. For more information
see visitscotland.com
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Albania’s a sound choice
FOR a hefty dose of both music and Mother
Nature, head to the Albanian Riviera in June
for the first Kala festival. Four stages will be
installed along Dhërmi village’s forested
coastline, where you can dance to Todd
Terje (left) and The Black Madonna (far
left). Then sign up to one of the
festival’s excursions: an exploration
of the underground passages and
caves of Osumi Canyon (above).
From £245 including festival
ticket, accommodation and
transfers, June 20-27, kala.al
T he
HOT
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Albania’s festival first,
stylish stays in the
USA and New Zealand
compiled by LISA SCOTT
Go wall out to stay at Auckland airport
NAUMI Auckland
Airport Hotel does
walls well. Behind
reception is one of
24-carat gold-leaf,
its Paksa restaurant
has one lined with
doughnuts and its
four new Blush
rooms have deep
pink ones. Inside
these femalefocused ‘nests’ are
yoga mats, silk
bathrobes, organic
eye masks and goji
berry bath salts.
From £153
per night,
naumihotels.com
Detroit Wurlitzer
is worth a whirl
DOWNTOWN Detroit’s
decaying Wurlitzer Building
has now been transformed
into The Siren Hotel. The
iconic 1926 building that
was home to one of the
largest music shops
in the world now boasts
106 bedrooms, pistachio
green tiles, oxblood red
doors and a piano karaoke
bar called Sid Gold’s
Request Room.
From £97 per night,
thesirenhotel.com
On the case for
hand luggage
HERSCHEL Supply Co,
best known for its vintage
mountaineering hipster
rucksacks, has launched
a collection of suitcases for
summer. This carry-on
Trade model welcomes the
warmer months with
a cheery ash-rose colour.
£140, selfridges.com
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GETTING
THERE
Easyjet offers
return tickets from
London Gatwick to
Palma from £51,
easyjet.com
Artistic: Inside the
Can Bordoy Grand
House and Garden,
left, a new hotel for
the Mallorcan city
Instant Palma’s gonna get you
With its artistic pull and growing foodie scene, Mallorca’s
capital is the queen of the Balearics, says Tracey Davies
Hot beds
A host of new boutique hotels is
creating a wave of excitement in
the Mallorcan capital of Palma.
Among them is the new five-star
Hotel Mama (from £175, B&B,
hotelmama.es), home to floral
rooms designed by Parisian go-to
interiors man Jacques Grange, a
cinema, a Moroccan hammam and
spa, and a rooftop pool with views
over Le Seu Cathedral.
The brighter spring days are
perfect for an exploration of
pretty Palma, says Cati Crespí,
Hotel Mama’s manager, who
adds: ‘I’d recommend the
Almudaina Palace, a stroll around
the Gothic Quarter and dinner at
Sadrassana Restaurant Cocteleria
[sadrassana.com].’
Later this year, the La Lonja
barrio will welcome the Puro
Group’s Can Bordoy Grand House
and Garden (rates tba, canbordoy.
com). The medieval mansion turned
chic boutique hotel will have 24 artfilled suites, a secret garden with a
pool and an alfresco restaurant.
Palma chameleon
beauty service that travels to hotels
and holiday homes, moved to Palma
Catalan surrealist Joan Miró, who
from London three years ago.
lived most of his life on Mallorca,
‘Santa Catalina has been dubbed
held his first solo exhibition here
the Notting Hill of Palma,’ she says.
in 1970 in Sala Pelaires (free,
‘It attracts a real mix of locals, cool
pelaires.com), the island’s oldest
creatives and digital nomads,
contemporary art gallery.
and you’ll find a vegan
His home and studio, the
café or a vermouth bar,
Miró Mallorca Fundació
pop-up galleries,
(free, miromallorca.
vintage shops and
com) celebrates its
yoga studios on
25th year by
every corner.’
reopening Taller Sert
The district’s
(Sert’s workshop) in
evolving dining
June. Designed by
scene includes
friend and architect
Vandal (from £37,
Josep Lluis Sert, it was
Miró’s main studio from .Unfinished: Miró’s. vandalpalma.com), a
fine-dining restaurant
1956 until his death in
1983 and is just as he left .studio is as he left it. by Argentine chef
Bernabé Caravotta, who hails from
it, paint splatters and all.
Michelin-starred Mirazur in France
You’ll find Miró’s masterpieces
and Denmark’s Noma, and serves
all over the city, including at
Fundación Juan March (free, march. treats like oyster with a vermouth
pearl and Japanese roasted eel.
es), a gallery in a 17th-century
townhouse on Calle Sant Miquel.
Oh Catalina
West of Avenida Argentina is Santa
Catalina, one of
Palma’s buzziest
# I N STAG RAM I N S P O
barrios. It was once
an old fishermen’s
district, home to
salty sea dogs,
ropemakers and
millers, and still has
the remains of old
windmills bearing
down from its
upper levels. Today
it bubbles with a
cool boho vibe and
features a mix of
pistachio-coloured
shops, hole-in-thewall bars and a
creative food scene.
Hannah Davies
For stylish black-and-white shots of the city,
from Popup
see @palmaciutat
Pamper (popuppamper.com), a
Red-light route
While Santa Catarina is the centre
of Palma’s nightlife, Sa Gerreria,
the city’s former red-light district,
is becoming gentrified. Locals
flock here on Tuesdays for La Ruta
Martiana, the ‘route of the
Martians’, where 25 or so bars
offer tapas or pintxos and a caña
(small beer) for less than £2 a pop.
It’s also home to Bocalto (tapas
from £2, mains from £11, bocalto.
com), a bistro serving good tapas
and modern Mediterranean plates.
For cool late-night tipples head to
the speakeasy-style Clandestino
Cocktail Club (cocktails from £7,
facebook.com) on Carrer de Sant
Jaume in Old Town, between Santa
Catalina and Sa Gerraria barrios. It
serves the most creative cocktails
on the island, including the Thelma
And Louise, which is made with
Tanqueray, Aperol and Lillet Blanc.
visitpalma.com
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Barcelona’s Casa
Gràcia is the real
star of the new
Hostelworld advert,
says Lisa Scott
Escape
.Beautifully appointed: .
.Casa Gràcia features .
.huge windows, a cool .
.kitchen (below right)
S
OMEWHERE between Casa
Gràcia’s No Mas Te (no more
tea) yoga studio, a clutch of
toilets and its Bis bar stands
a fibreglass donkey. In place of
the donkey’s belly is a tap and a sink –
guess where the water drains? – and
just under its tail is a hand dryer.
I can’t quite picture Mariah Carey
waving her manicured hands under an
ass’s ass while water drips from its
willy but the glamorous pop star
recently spent a night in this hostel.
Well, sort of. In Hostelworld’s new
three-minute ‘even divas are believers’
advert, the singer is mistakenly booked
into Casa Gràcia, a 146-room hostel in
Barcelona’s Gràcia neighbourhood.
‘I need a beautifully appointed
room in a hotel,’ Mariah shouts at
her terrified entourage, before being
whisked upstairs to a beautifully
appointed room and, impressed with
her digs, singing karaoke in Bis to her
1995 hit Fantasy.
Thanks to Hostelworld, which has
also featured Charlie Sheen and 50
Cent in its campaigns, we are reminded
that Mariah has a sense of humour and
that today’s savvy hostels have more
flair than fleas. What the advert doesn’t
show is the antique mesh guards on the
1920s lifts, the Eames-style recliner
chairs, Catalonia’s trademark vaulted
ceilings, a wartime bunker-cum-bar and
a plant-piled terrace.
The room: Carey stays in a Super
Suite, my room for the night. While I’m
struck by the Corinthian columns,
ornate ceilings and private
bathroom, I’m most in love
with the huge century-old
window now filled with
the late evening sun. For
a midweek May stay,
this spot costs £117 per
night. Standard doubles,
family rooms and apartments
are also available and the fourand six-sleeping dorms start at £27
per night.
The tribe: I wake at 4am with a Cava
hangover and bumble my way to the
vending machines in the teal-tiled dorm
kitchen on a water hunt. I brace myself
for Saturday-night chaos but instead I’m
greeted with a single sober guest sipping
free hot chocolate. Later, at breakfast
(£14), I’m joined by a young family,
solo travellers and small groups.
.Crazy ass:.The bathroom.
.comes with its own.
.donkey-shaped sink.
Hostelry on a grand scale
Diva believer:
Mariah Carey
stars in
Hostelworld’s
new advert
Local vibe: These
civilised scenes might be
due to Casa Gràcia’s
position in chichi Gràcia,
which has a village-like feel
compared with other
neighbourhoods. I get lost in its
creamy streets and plazas lined with
orange trees, vermuterias, independent
cinemas and organic cafés. After a slice
of pizza in Pizzeria Lucania II (slices
from £2.40, Carrer de Terol, 29-33) I
take in the Casa Vicens (£14, casavicens.
org). The turreted masterpiece and the
first house designed by Antoni Gaudí is
fit for a queen (or a very rich pop star).
hostelworld.com, casagraciabcn.com
28 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
Escape
Travel | Culture | Adventure
In association with
A LIKING FOR VIKINGS
Denmark resulted in a best-selling lifestyle guide for Helen Russell. Now it’s inspired her novel
T
HE sky is higher here. I don’t
know how, but it is. Perhaps
it’s the lack of pollution,
perhaps it’s the fact the land
is so flat that you’re afforded
a panoramic view wherever you
stand. Or perhaps it’s the fact that at
5ft 3in in a land of Vikings, I am a
relative Borrower and everything just
seems bigger. Either way, the milkyblue sky punctuated with puffy clouds
goes on forever in Denmark and
visitors often remark that the crisp,
clean air makes it feel as though you
can really breathe here.
I moved to Denmark in 2013 when
my husband was offered his dream
job working for Lego in Jutland. We
flew to Billund, stepping off the plane
into an inky-black nothingness –
wind-blasted foreheads paralysed by
Big freeze: When the
cold comes in Denmark,
it comes with a vengeance
VISIT DENMARK
Nordic winters are
an endurance test but
the weather brings
people closer
nature’s Botox. All sound was muffled
by snow and everywhere we went
people shuffled in snow boots and
technical outerwear from one hygge
hideaway to another.
Nordic winters are an endurance
test but the weather brings people
closer. Vikings had to work together
to survive and this impulse remains
today. Connections are forged over
Danish pastries and pilsner, usually
by candlelight (Danes burn the
greatest number of wicks per head in
the world) and surrounded by
effortlessly stylish Danish design.
New arrivals are struck by the
importance of trust in Denmark,
where wrapped-up babies are left
outside to sleep in their prams in
temperatures of up to -20C.
Come springtime, Danes unfurl like
the leaves on the beech trees. By
summer, it’s light until midnight and
Jutlanders take to the beaches for
barbecues, more beers and bathing in
the mirror-still fjord. The small, green
country made up of 406 islands with
4,500 miles of coastline means lucky
Danes are never more than 50 miles
from the sea. As well as watery
pursuits, there’s a wealth of New
Nordic cuisine to sample, the best
cakes in the world (probably) and, of
course, Legoland – a hit with kids of
all ages. It’s not a bad life.
But there’s also something
different about the way Danes think
that’s helped them top happiness
polls ever since the 1970s. Inspired
Dane event:
Helen Russell
to investigate, I wrote my first book,
The Year Of Living Danishly:
Uncovering The Secrets Of The
World’s Happiest Country, in 2014.
That was also the year I gave birth
to a mini Viking of my own and it’s
been fascinating to watch my son
grow up speaking Danish, fuelled by
pickled herring on rye. My husband
has become a Lego master (our house
is a minefield of coloured blocks just
waiting to be stepped on) and it turns
out that I work better in Denmark.
I’ve learned to be tougher, Vikingstyle, and ‘put my own oxygen mask
on first’, as they say here.
Danes excel at stripping things back
and doing what makes them happy.
This was the motivation behind my
new novel, Gone Viking, a story about
two feuding sisters on a Scandi retreat
to learn Viking skills, from swordforging to staying sane and getting
strong, mentally and physically.
I researched the book while heavily
pregnant with twins, attracting strange
looks during my axe-throwing lessons
at Ribe Viking Centre (ribevikinge
center.dk) and delving into traditional
navigation techniques with experts
from The Viking Ship Museum in
Roskilde (vikingeskibsmuseet.dk) –
but the process was exhilarating. There
was an element of wish fulfilment in
making my characters run and jump
when I couldn’t.
Now I have three mini Vikings in
tow – but I still try to put my own
oxygen mask on first. Denmark has
taught me so much and it continues
to surprise me. I hope readers give
living Danishly a go and take
inspiration from the Vikings to get
happier and healthier, wherever
‘home’ may be.
Gone Viking by Helen
Russell (Ebury) is out now
Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 29
Travel | Culture | Adventure
New lives:
Shukla’s saga
begins with
Kenyan
Gujaratis
in Britain
Immigration’s
laughter lines
The One
Who Wrote
Destiny
by Nikesh Shukla
(Atlantic)
N
IKESH Shukla made his
debut with 2010’s Coconut
Unlimited, a comic novel
about an Asian rap trio
coming of age in the
same outer London suburb
where he grew up.
Since then he was the
driving force behind The
Good Immigrant, the bestselling essay collection in
which up-and-coming
writers of colour lifted the lid
on their experiences of life in
Britain (JK Rowling and Zadie
Smith are fans).
His return to fiction takes the form of
a family saga that opens with Mukesh,
a Kenyan Gujarati who falls for his
future wife while fending off racist thugs
after moving to Yorkshire in the 1960s.
Later chapters follow his cancer
victim daughter, Neha – a coder who
loves Star Trek – and her brother,
Rakesh, a Twitter-obsessed stand-up
comedian running out of jokes.
Shukla keeps the tone bubbly even
as he charts the shifting contours of
racism over the past half-century, from
xenophobic violence to verbal
thoughtlessness on the part of wellmeaning liberals.
Regular readers may experience a
sense of déjà vu, however. Shukla freely
puts already published autobiographical
writing into the mouths of his
characters, as well as recycling old
routines about the British habit of
ignorantly referring to ‘naan
bread’ (‘bread bread’).
But if you’re new to
Shukla, it’s bittersweet
fun – not least in the
semi-satirical portrait of
Rakesh, who at one point
lets a prospective lover
handle a racist incident while
thinking only about how to
exploit it for his act.
It’s here that the book feels least
clear-cut and most alive, as it abandons
soapboxing to embrace the kind of
emotional intricacy fiction allows.
ANTHONY CUMMINS
THE VERDICT
A bustling, if not wholly
believable, comedy of migration,
grief and social media
MORE IMMIGRANT STORIES
■ Lovers And
Strangers
Clair Wills
A look at the diverse
experiences of people
who migrated to
post-war Britain from
the Caribbean and
Europe.
On Michael Jackson
The Hunger
by Margo Jefferson (Granta)
By Alma Katsu (Bantam)
First published in the US in 2006 –
before Michael Jackson’s death but
after he was acquitted of a second
round of sexual abuse charges – these essays
explore the child star who became the epitome of
cool before ending his days as a figure inspiring
pity and unease.
Jefferson focuses on Jackson’s looks, analysing
his transformation ‘from a slender brown-skinned
man to a slightly anorexic white-skinned… what?’
But she doesn’t offer an argument so much as
a series of grand claims and you’re left with the
sense of a tantalisingly sharp mind working
overtime to turn sympathy into insight. AC
The real-life story of the Donner
Party, pioneers who set out for
California from the Midwest in 1846,
is awful. Bad advice and poor planning left them
stranded in the Sierra Nevada, where they ran
out of food and resorted to cannibalism. Of its 87
members, just 48 survived.
Katsu’s novel takes the story and weaves a
thread of contemporary horror through it – the
party is dogged by ravenous creatures that hover
at its fringes, picking off children and the sick
along the way. The effect is The Revenant by way
of The Walking Dead and it works, even if Katsu
too often stumbles into cliché. PAUL CONNOLLY
REX
■ In Our Mad And
Furious City
Guy Gunaratne
Weaves the
voices of teen
Londoners with
the previous
generation of
immigrants
■ The Trick To Time
Kit de Waal (left)
The heartbreaking story
of a young Irish
woman falling
in love in
Birmingham
in the 1970s.
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30 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
Puzzles
METROSCOPE
by Patrick Arundell
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
Across
1. About to assume an attitude for
sleep (6)
4. Got through the test as
approved (6)
9. Rendering the required tax and
expressing approbation! (6,7)
10. On which the remains of the
weeds will be deposited (7)
11. A distinguishing mark shown by
tailless burrower (5)
12. Often follows the route for a
month (5)
14. Intermediate positions can
produce wealth (5)
18. Allow to remain - or permission to
depart! (5)
19. One who gets the needle should
keep it on hand (7)
21. Where appointments are kept,
you’ll find a spy clattering
perhaps (8-5)
22. Have a strong dislike of French
trial (6)
23. They will cut grass (6)
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2. He encourages you to speak your
mind (13)
3. A bit of a surprise normally as an
address in Spain (5)
5. Friend in France having sufficient
skill to be pleasant (7)
6. Finding out what the directors
think of a device for increasing
resonance (8,5)
7. Some of the studies elucidating a
kind of engine (6)
8. Restrains the guys (5)
13. Produces something new from a
secret formula! (7)
15. Severely criticised the way in
which some roofs are made (6)
16. Make up for a faulty note (5)
17. Considers the wishes of others
and postpones (6)
20. He’ll make mischief with the
Spanish force (5)
Friday’s solutions
Cryptic
Across: 1 Repercussion; 7 Motif; 8 Breve; 9 Own;
10 Waistband; 11 Hearty; 12 Enigma; 15 Rearrange;
17 Nag; 18 Pasha; 19 Vices; 21 Selling plate.
Down: 1 Radiotherapy; 2 Rot; 3 Unfair
4 Substance; 5 Omega; 6 Dead language;
7 Manna; 10 Waterfall; 13 Genus; 14 Uneven;
16 Aisle; 20 Cap.
Down
Freewheel (5)
Exhausted (5)
Party drink (5)
Nothing (3)
Unspoken (5)
According to reason (7)
Mountain ash (5)
Fish (3)
Corsair (6)
Sympathetic relationship (7)
Satellite (4)
Deceased (4)
Bubble on skin (7)
Pointed beard (6)
Mine (3)
Book of maps (5)
African republic (7)
Passenger ship (5)
Total (3)
Yielded (5)
Speak (5)
Begin working (3,2)
Metroku
Quick
Across: 3 Boned; 9 Affair; 10 Meteor; 11 Tepid; 12 Arid; 15 Turnip;
17 Lexicon; 19 One; 20 Navel; 22 Rigid; 24 Satin; 25 Takes;
27 Baa; 29 Scarves; 32 Allege; 34 Sell; 35 Laird; 37 Ambles;
38 Easter; 39 Seedy.
Down: 1 Cabal; 2 Affix; 3 Bit; 4 Oregon; 5 Emit; 6 Deduces;
7 Beano; 8 Gripe; 13 Recital; 14 Digit; 16 Infidel; 18 Names;
21 Lairs; 23 Dangles; 26 Scared; 27 Banal; 28 Alibi; 30 Vests;
31 Slurp; 33 Ease; 36 Day.
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NEW Holidays Unpacked
On her travels: Metro’s Lucy Hedges
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C4, 8pm
Metro’s tech editor Lucy Hedges
takes a break from road-testing
cutting-edge gadgets and puts her
Travel Woman hat on to join Morland
Sanders, who in turn is taking a
break from reporting on Dispatches,
to point us in the direction of
diverting holiday destinations. First
up, Lucy is in Israel to discover if you
really can float in the Dead Sea. If
not, we’ll have a job vacancy…
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Aries Mar 21 – Apr 20
Although you can enjoy a
sparkling encounter, there
is also likely to be a
developing intensity. As
Mars moves closer to
merging with Pluto, your
attention may be focused
on a goal to the exclusion
of other activities or
relationships.
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Libra Sep 24 – Oct 23
Intense feelings as well
as potential for a
misunderstanding are
possible but you may find
it easier to navigate any
complications if you can
trust your instincts. If what
someone is proposing
doesn’t seem right, then
you can say so.
For your forecast, call
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Taurus Apr 21 – May 21
The coming days can see
you determined to
accomplish a goal no
matter what the cost.
Indeed, a friend may be
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way, even if what you are
doing might seem a little
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When you have your mind
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be as satisfying as if you
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Gemini May 22 – Jun 21
The idea of letting go of
something that has been
an issue for a while can
leave you with a sense of
relief. Even so, releasing it
may not be easy. Even
though hanging on can put
you at a disadvantage,
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Sagittarius
Nov 23 – Dec 21
You may be so keen to
purchase an item or to
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you are willing to do
whatever it takes. However,
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too much hassle, then it is
not meant to be.
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Cancer Jun 22 – Jul 23
A very dynamic blend of
energies can coincide with
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the making, stand your
ground. Otherwise, they
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Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 20
You may be able to apply
intense focus and energy
to do something, and if
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You could apply the
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you for some time.
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Leo Jul 24 – Aug 23
Have you been pushing to
accomplish something? If
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allowing space for fresh
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an outcome in mind, this
can deter you from looking
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could bring better results.
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Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19
A desire to do more or be
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be holding you back.
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With the Moon aligning
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connect with your feelings
can bring helpful insights.
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a source of frustration.
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The coming days can see
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TONIGHT’S
TV CHOICE
to-depart Arsène. This is a rather
more route one, on-me-talking-’ead
son treatment of the rivalry, with
players from both sides lining up to
take verbal free kicks at each other.
Fergie Vs Wenger:
The Feud Channel 5, 10pm
University Challenge
Sadly not the follow up to Bette And
Joan, though it’s fun to speculate how
Ryan Murphy would have handled the
celebrated antipathy between Man
United’s Sir Alex and Arsenal’s soon-
BBC2, 8.30pm
Oxford sunk without trace in the boat
race but the smart money is on the
Dark Blues to exact cerebral revenge
in tonight’s grand final. Oxford’s
Merton take on St John’s from
Cambridge. Likely match-winner?
Merton’s Wiberg, who is from ‘Japan
and Sweden’. How cool is that?
Genius: Picasso
National Geographic, 8pm & 10pm
Antonio Banderas is the marquee
name in this ten-part portrait of
Picasso but Glow’s Alex Rich is as
impressive as the young Pablo. The
action switches between the fledgling
genius and studies of the older
artist’s personal life. KEITH WATSON
Monday, April 23, 2018 METRO 31
Sport
Khan believes he has world at
his feet after impressive return
PICTURE: AP
s
e
Skipper stands by selection
despite Fed Cup heartbreak
TENNIS
GREAT Britain captain Anne
Keothavong defended sending
out Johanna Konta and Heather
Watson for the decisive doubles
tie after Fed Cup despair in Miki.
Britain’s wait to play in the
World Group will continue after
they were beaten 3-2 by Japan in
their promotion play-off, Konta
and Watson losing the deciding
doubles rubber to Miyu Kato and
Makoto Ninomiya 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Anna Smith and debutant Gabi
Taylor were the original
nominations for the doubles but
Keothavong replaced them with
the more experienced pairing
after Watson lost Sunday’s
second singles match.
‘We are gutted about the result.
One day our opportunity will
come,’ said Keothavong, who
insisted her plan had always been
for Konta and Watson to play the
doubles if the tie was still alive.
‘Despite the short turnaround
time I have no doubts that was
the right decision for them to
play the doubles.’
O’Sullivan in
the pink but
embarrassed
by slow start
RONNIE O’SULLIVAN believes his
lifestyle is so good he could live to the
age of 200 but apologised to Crucible
fans for the ‘embarrassing’ start to his
latest world-title bid.
With a sixth world championship
crown in his sights, O’Sullivan (pictured) made a false start against Stephen
Maguire in Sheffield but atoned by winning seven out of eight frames yesterday
to secure a 10-7 victory.
He had trailed 6-3 after Saturday’s
opening session, when Maguire felt his
opponent was ‘there for the taking’, but
grasped a lifeline when the Glaswegian
frontrunner became jittery.
Another packed house
watched O’Sullivan avoid
the first-round fate that
befell defending champion Mark Selby on the
opening day. And this
time he was relieved to
turn on the style to
which Crucible crowds
have become accustomed,
a stark contrast to Saturday’s horror show.
‘It was so embarrassing and I felt like I
SNOOKER
by NICK METCALFE
wanted to give them all their money
back. I was gutted,’ O’Sullivan said.
‘They took a Saturday afternoon out
to come and watch a bit of snooker.
Thank God Stephen potted a few balls. I
was missing balls all over the gaff.
‘I was lucky to get through, and that’s
good for me and unlucky for Stephen.’
Maguire squandered chance after
chance to assert his dominance over the
contest yesterday, and an O’Sullivan
victory began to look an inevitability
long before he crossed the winning line.
Teaming up with nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, with whom he is writing a
book, has given O’Sullivan a new
outlook on snooker and life.
‘I think I’m going to live until about
200 now, I feel so good,’ said the 42year-old. ‘I’m amazed at how good I
feel. I never thought I’d like celery but
I’m eating so much
I’m going to look
like a celery
stick at the end
of this tournament.’
BOXING
AMIR KHAN is targeting a world title after his
blistering comeback performance in Liverpool, where
he stopped Phil Lo Greco in just 39 seconds.
After a two-year hiatus, Khan stepped back into the
ring on Saturday and emerged with a swift first-round
victory after sending Lo Greco to the canvas twice
(right). An all-British showdown with Kell Brook, one
that has been mooted for a long time, is an option but
Khan is also desperate to claim a belt at welterweight.
‘The 147lb division is amazing,’ the 31-year-old said.
‘Boxing’s a business and Kell’s a good fighter. He’s at
154, I’m still campaigning at 147.
‘I want to win a world title at 147 first before I start
going up. I feel at the peak of my career.’
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Sport
AT H L E T I C S L O N D O N M A R AT H O N
PICTURE: GETTY
IN BRIEF
Strauss does not see
major change ahead
CRICKET
ENGLAND’S dismal winter in the
Test arena will not prompt huge
changes in selection, according to
director of cricket Andrew Strauss.
Joe Root’s side, who suffered an
embarrassing 4-0 Ashes defeat to
Australia before slipping to a 1-0
loss in New Zealand, will play
home Test series against Pakistan
and India this summer.
Former England batsman Ed
Smith was last week confirmed as
the new national selector and
Strauss said: ‘Ed is going to bring
in fresh ideas. He knows some of
the principles around good talent
ID (identification) having studied
sport in all parts of the world.
‘But I don’t think we’re going to
see huge changes come the first
Test. What we’re trying to do is to
have better quality information
than we have had previously.’
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘What we’re trying to do
is really appeal to a new
audience. We’re looking
at mums and kids in the
school holidays and
finding a way to make it
as simple as possible
for them to understand.’
Strauss on the new 100-ball format
set to be introduced in a new
domestic tournament in 2020
Porter delivers as
Essex defeat Lancs
ESSEX claimed
their first win of
the season after
seeing off
Lancashire by 31
runs on day three
at Chelmsford.
However, the
defending
champions faced
resistance from Alex Davies,
Jordan Clark and Joe Mennie, who
all posted half-centuries. While
they were at the crease, the
improbable target of 320 was not
beyond the bounds of possibility
but Essex were not to be denied.
Jamie Porter (pictured) took four
for 54 in the innings to take him
to nine for 80 in the match.
At Taunton, Somerset sealed an
83-run win over Worcestershire.
5
European Tour titles for
France’s Alexander Levy, who
boosted his chances of a Ryder
Cup debut on home soil by winning
the Hassan Trophy II in Morocco
Sykes ends Rea run
SUPERBIKES
TOM SYKES recorded his first
victory of the season as he ended
championship leader Jonathan
Rea’s Assen winning streak.
Sykes won by 5.445 seconds
from his Kawasaki team-mate Rea,
who claimed his eighth straight
Assen victory on Saturday, with
Michael van der Mark in third.
MO SHOWS
HIS BOTTLE
TO BE BEST
OF BRITISH
Sun seeker: Farah takes a
breather after his third-place
finish at the London Marathon
by JACK FOX
MO FARAH had to keep his cool
and his bottle as he broke the British
record by finishing third in a gruelling London Marathon.
Farah, 35, struggled with the pace,
the heat and mix-ups over water bottles, but still beat Steve Jones’ 33year-old mark with a time of two
hours, six minutes and 21 seconds.
The multiple Olympic and world
champion, who turned his back on
the track last year to concentrate on
road racing, briefly threatened a victory in his first serious attempt
around the streets of the capital.
But having appeared on the shoulders of Eliud Kipchoge and Tola
Shura Kitata around the 16-mile
mark, Farah – who was frustrated at
being unable to find the right water
bottle at two drinks stations early in
the race – dropped off the pace.
Kenyan Kipchoge, who won the
race in 2015 and 2016, eventually
broke 21-year-old Ethiopian Kitata
with three miles to go.
An exhausted Farah, who finished
just over two minutes behind Kip-
Just gr-eight: Weir seals his eighth marathon victory in London
choge, admitted: ‘The pace was fast,
I was surprised. I just had to go with
it and see what happened, and if
you’re gonna die you’re gonna die.
Eliud makes it look so easy. I was
knackered at 30 kilometres and he
just stepped up another gear.
‘But to finish third with a personal
best, a British record, on the podium, I can’t do any better than that.
‘The crowd really got behind me,
it was an amazing atmosphere. I really enjoyed it – even though over
the last 10km I was b*********.’
Paula Radcliffe’s world record survived as Vivian Cheruiyot won the
women’s race. Kenyan Cheruiyot,
34, crossed the line in 2hr 18min
31sec, three minutes outside the
2013 mark set by the British runner.
David Weir won the men’s wheelchair race for an eighth time, the 38year-old Briton saying: ‘The older I
get, my endurance is getting better.’
Mo’s high and dry: Pages 2-3 »
Best effort: Cheruiyot celebrates
W E E K E N D BY N U M B E R S
9
Rounds all three judges
awarded Carl Frampton as
the Northern Irish featherweight
gained a unanimous points
decision over Nonito Donaire in
Belfast to earn the interim WBO
world title.
7
Times the defending
champion has lost in the
opening round of snooker’s
world championship. Mark Selby
joined the list of infamy after he
was beaten 10-4 by Joe Perry.
18
Points for Johnny Sexton,
including a try, helped
Leinster hammer Scarlets 38-16
in rugby union’s Champions Cup
semi-final in Dublin. The Irish
Monte Carlo
Masters titles
for Rafael
Nadal after a
straight-sets
victory over Kei
Nishikori in the
final. The world
No.1, playing
his first tour
event since the
Australian
Open because
of a hip
problem,
triumphed
6-3, 6-2 and
has now won
36 consecutive
sets on clay.
province are unbeaten in this
year’s tournament.
12
Tries, including three for
Jonny Lomax, as St Helens
racked up the biggest win of
the Super League season so far,
beating Huddersfield 66-4.
12
Wickets for Matt Henry
saw Kent beat Durham
inside two days in the County
Championship Division Two.
111
For Australia batsman
Shaun Marsh on his
County Championship debut for
Glamorgan against
Gloucestershire in Bristol.
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PICTURE: GETTY
Double: Lacazette
celebrates the first
of his two goals at
the Emirates
ARSENE WENGER launched a passionate defence of his Arsenal reign, and
insisted he will leave the club in good
shape this summer after watching his
team beat West Ham.
In the first game since announcing he
will leave at the end of the season, it
took the Gunners 51 minutes to open the
scoring on a day of high emotion at the
Emirates as Nacho Monreal fired home.
Marko Arnautovic drew the Hammers
level with a fine strike but after a defensive error saw Aaron Ramsey put Arsenal back in front, a late Alexandre Lacazette brace made sure of the points.
Wenger made the announcement on
Friday he will bring the curtain down on
his tenure at the end of the season after
almost 22 years in charge. After yesterday’s game he spoke of his pride in the
unstinting efforts which have not always
been appreciated by fans.
‘I gave the best years of my life to this
club. I arrived at 46, worked seven days
a week, not six, not six and half, seven
– for 22 years. You cannot just walk
away and say goodbye like nothing hap-
THIS WEEK’S
FIXTURES
(7.45pm unless stated)
TODAY
Premier League
Everton v Newcastle........................(8pm)
TUESDAY
UEFA Champions League Semi-Final
First Leg
Liverpool v Roma .......................................
Sky Bet Championship
Derby v Cardiff............................................
Nottm Forest v Barnsley...........................
Sky Bet League One
Bradford v Milton Keynes Dons...............
Bristol Rovers v Wigan..............................
Doncaster v Blackburn..............................
Oldham v Southend...................................
Rochdale v Plymouth ................................
Shrewsbury v Peterborough....................
Sky Bet League Two
Coventry v Lincoln City .............................
Morecambe v Cambridge Utd..................
Newport County v Accrington Stanley...
Yeovil v Forest Green.................................
WEDNESDAY
UEFA Champions League Semi-Final
First Leg
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid..................
Lambert admits it’s win or bust
for Stoke after Diouf’s big miss
PAUL LAMBERT pinpointed Mame
Biram Diouf’s miss as the key moment
of Stoke’s draw with Burnley, which
dealt another huge blow to the Potters’
survival hopes.
Stoke went ahead in the 11th minute
through Badou Ndiaye and should
have been two up at half-time but
Diouf contrived to get no meaningful
contact on Moritz Bauer’s cross when
less than ten yards from goal. Ashley
Barnes bundled in Burnley’s equaliser
in the 62nd minute.
Lambert said: ‘We got off to the
Wenger: I’ll
leave with
Guns blazing
Arsenal
4
Monreal 51, Ramsey 82, Lacazette 85, 89
West Ham
1
Arnautovic 64
by GAVIN BROWN
pened. It’s impossible,’ he said. ‘I am
happy when the fans are happy, I’m
willing to suffer to make them happy.
Every decision I’ve made in 22 years
has been for the good of Arsenal.
‘I believe I will leave a club which is
in a very strong position.
‘It’s mixed feelings. I must say I’m
touched by all the praise I got from English football, I’m grateful. It’s special.
‘After that I had the feeling a little bit
that I have [a seat at my] funeral because
people speak about you, it was a little bit
interesting on that front. I don’t need to
die any more – I know what people will
say about me!
‘I certainly got more praise than I deserved. And maybe more criticism.’
THURSDAY
Europa League Semi-Final, First Leg
Arsenal v Atletico Madrid .........(8.05pm)
Marseille v Red Bull Salzburg . (8.05pm)
FRIDAY
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham v Sunderland ................................
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen v Hearts.....................................
SATURDAY (3pm unless stated)
Premier League
Burnley v Brighton.....................................
Crystal Palace v Leicester ........................
Huddersfield v Everton .............................
Liverpool v Stoke...................... (12.30pm)
Newcastle v West Brom............................
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth ........
Swansea v Chelsea....................(5.30pm)
Sky Bet Championship
Aston Villa v Derby ....................................
Barnsley v Brentford .................................
Burton Albion v Bolton..............................
Hull v Cardiff ...............................................
Middlesbrough v Millwall..........(5.30pm)
Norwich v Leeds.........................................
Nottm Forest v Bristol City.......................
QPR v Birmingham ....................................
Reading v Ipswich......................................
Sheff Utd v Preston North End................
Wolverhampton v Sheff Wed ...................
Sky Bet League One
Blackpool v Shrewsbury ...........................
Bradford v Southend.................................
Bristol Rovers v Gillingham......................
Bury v Portsmouth ....................................
Charlton v Blackburn.................................
Milton Keynes Dons v Scunthorpe..........
Oldham v Doncaster..................................
Oxford Utd v Rochdale..............................
Peterborough v Fleetwood Town............
Plymouth v Rotherham.............................
Walsall v Northampton .............................
Wigan v AFC Wimbledon...........................
Sky Bet League Two
Accrington Stanley v Lincoln City ...........
Cheltenham v Coventry ............................
Chesterfield v Wycombe...........................
Colchester v Swindon................................
Crawley Town v Crewe ..............................
Grimsby v Notts County............................
Luton v Forest Green.................................
Morecambe v Barnet.................................
Newport County v Cambridge Utd..........
Port Vale v Carlisle.....................................
Stevenage v Exeter....................................
Yeovil v Mansfield ......................................
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Hamilton v Ross County ......... (12.30pm)
Hibernian v Kilmarnock.............................
Motherwell v Dundee ................................
St Johnstone v Partick...............................
SUNDAY
Premier League
Man Utd v Arsenal......................(4.30pm)
West Ham v Man City ................. (2.15pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Celtic v Rangers ..........................(12noon)
Sport
Stoke
1
Burnley
1
perfect start and looked great and
then the big moment – Mame’s chance
– was huge for us. He hasn’t taken the
chance but I can’t fault him for his
effort and commitment.
Stoke are four points from safety
and Lambert added: ‘We have to go to
Anfield and get a result, play Palace
and get a result, then go to Swansea
Headache: Lambert
and get a result. We have to win.’
CHELSEA 2
34 METRO Monday, April 23, 2018
Sport
F O O T B A L L FA C U P S E M I - F I NA L
Giroud 46, Morata 82
MAIN PICTURE: REX
FO OTBALL IN BRIEF
People want to get me
banned, claims Wilfried
Rom figures United
can be title winners
WILFRIED ZAHA
claims there is an
agenda against him
after the Crystal
Palace forward was
booked for diving
in the 0-0 draw
with Watford.
Zaha (pictured) fell
under Adrian
Mariappa’s second-half challenge.
‘It was definitely a penalty. He
(Mariappa) has gone, “I’ll be honest,
Wilf, it was actually a pen”,’ Zaha said.
‘I see other players dive but I don’t
see people trying to get them banned
the way they want to get me banned.’
ROMELU LUKAKU believes the
current Manchester United
squad can win the Premier
League next year.
Jose Mourinho’s side, battling
to be runners-up in the league,
reached the FA Cup final after
beating Tottenham 2-1 at
Wembley on Saturday.
‘I’m really confident in my
team-mates,’ the striker said.
‘We won and got to the final
against a good side.
‘I think we can do it with the
team we have but we should
have showed more consistency
throughout the season.’
LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen
Klopp believes Danny Ings will
continue to score goals in the
Premier League now he is fully fit.
The 25-year-old found the net after
a 930-day wait with the opener in
Saturday’s 2-2 draw at West Brom.
Ings has fought back from two
serious knee injuries and Klopp said:
‘It was always clear that when
Danny is fit, healthy, he will score
goals in the Premier League.’
SAINTS
LOSS IS
VAR-D
TO TAKE
No goal: Caballero fumbles into his
own net but Austin (left) was penalised
M
MARK
HUGHES was baffled as
to
o why the video assistant referee
was not consulted for a ‘matchw
defining’ moment in Southampd
tton’s FA Cup semi-final defeat.
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero dropped the ball into his
b
own net during the second half at
o
Wembley but referee Martin Atkinson disallowed the goal and
penalised Saints striker Charlie
Austin for a foul. The Blues were
by JUSTIN PALMER
1-0 up at that stage thanks to Olivier
Giroud, and substitute Alvaro Morata
sealed a 2-0 success with a header
late on.
Unhappy Saints boss Hughes was
disappointed with the overall performance of the officials and believes
Atkinson should have utilised VAR
technology following Caballero’s
fumble on 73 minutes. ‘There’s dis-
High fives from fans as
champions rout Swans
PEP GUARDIOLA was happy to
share Manchester City’s Premier
League triumph with a pitch full of
fans, describing the celebratory
invasion as ‘a beautiful thing’.
City were confirmed as
champions on their day off last
weekend and played the part with
aplomb at the Etihad Stadium,
hammering struggling Swansea 5-0
in a dominant display.
David Silva, Raheem Sterling,
Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva
and Gabriel Jesus all hit the target,
taking City to 90 points and 98
goals for the season.
Once the full-time whistle blew,
hundreds of supporters raced onto
the field to take in the moment – an
act that is likely to attract the
PREMIER LEAGUE
Man City
5
Silva 12, Sterling 16, De Bruyne 54,
Bernardo Silva 64, Jesus 88
Swansea
0
by JACK FOX
attention of the Football
Association. The governing body
charged Wigan after fans flooded
onto the DW Stadium pitch
following their FA Cup win over
City earlier this season but while
that scene turned ugly, this appeared
to be a harmonious occasion.
Asked about the potential for
disciplinary action, Guardiola said:
‘Football is an emotional game. I
understand you have to be careful,
but when they feel they want to
share that they are happy.
‘I like them to be close with the
team. They show how happy they
are and that is the most beautiful
thing we can live as professionals,
as a manager and football players.’
City’s dominance allowed
Guardiola to give some game time
to veteran Yaya Toure, teenager Phil
Foden and fit-again Benjamin
Mendy, who made his first
appearance since suffering kneeligament damage in September.
Swansea, now five league games
without a win, sit just one place
above the relegation zone, but have
a four-point buffer over
Southampton and Stoke.
SOUTHAMPTON 0
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Sport
D OWN
THE LINE
MAY
19
Date for this year’s
HE ADL INE S FROM THE
FO OTBAL L L E AGU E
FA Cup final at
Wembley between
Manchester United
and Chelsea
By Gavin Brown
Mixed
feelings:
Bent
No joy for Bent in
putting Cats down
FORMER Sunderland striker
Darren Bent admitted it had been
difficult to score one of the goals
which sent the club down.
Bent, who spent a season and a
half on Wearside, scored the first
of two late Burton goals in a 2-1
win which condemned the Black
Cats to back-to-back relegations
and kept Burton’s survival hopes
alive. ‘It is horrible to see a club
the size of Sunderland, the
stadium is massive, to be in the
position they are in,’ Bent told the
BBC. ‘It is one of those things but
to score one of the goals that
sent them down was difficult.’
Sunderland boss Chris Coleman
is unsure about his future.
‘I came to manage Sunderland,
it’s a great club and what’s
happening around the corner I
have no idea,’ he said.
French fancy: Giroud (above) fires Chelsea ahead to delight
Conte (top, right), while Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates with
Morata (right) after the Spaniard nets the second Blues goal
appointment because the situation
where the goalkeeper’s made a
wrong decision, basically thrown the
ball into the back of his net,’ the
Welshman said.
‘Charlie’s done nothing wrong,
they should have at least reviewed it
in my view.
‘It was a match-defining moment,
a key moment. Who knows how the
game might have followed from that
moment? Why it wasn’t referred I
have no idea. Giroud handled from
the following corner, another they
could have reviewed, but maybe that
was a bit too quick for him.
‘We’re disappointed with the officials on the day, and whoever it is
who sits in a darkened room.
‘We will speak (to the officials).
I’m not sure how the process works.
Does the referee make an instant decision? Do they tell him?’
Despite the controversy, Hughes’
men were second best for
most of the game.
Hughes’ focus will now
be on preserving Southampton’s Premier League status in
their remaining four games this
season, with his side four points
adrift of safety.
He added: ‘The importance now
is to put the disappointment behind
us very quickly and really focus on
the game we have next week.’
PICTURE: GETTY
City slicker: De
Bruyne celebrates
his goal, while
(inset) Mendy is
greeted by happy
fans invading the
pitch at full-time
Premier League
P W
Man City
34 29
Man Utd
34 23
Liverpool
35 20
Tottenham 34 20
Chelsea
34 19
Arsenal
34 17
Burnley
35 14
Leicester
34 11
Everton
34 11
Newcastle
33 11
Bournemouth 35 9
Watford
35 10
Brighton
34 8
Crystal Palace 35 8
West Ham
34 8
Huddersfield 34 9
Swansea
34 8
Southampton 34 5
Stoke
35 6
West Brom 35 4
D L
3 2
5 6
11 4
8 6
6 9
6 11
11 10
11 12
9 14
8 14
11 15
8 17
12 14
11 16
11 15
8 17
9 17
14 15
11 18
13 18
F A Pts
98 25 90
65 26 74
80 37 71
66 31 68
59 34 63
66 46 57
35 32 53
49 47 44
39 54 42
35 42 41
41 58 38
42 60 38
32 47 36
36 54 35
42 63 35
27 54 35
27 51 33
33 53 29
32 65 29
29 54 25
Results
Watford ..........0
West Brom .....2
Arsenal ...........4
Man City ......... 5
Stoke ...............1
C Palace ........0
Liverpool .......2
West Ham ......1
Swansea ........0
Burnley ...........1
League One
Title for Wigan just
perfect for Sharpe
WIGAN chairman
David Sharpe wants
the League One title
to cap off a ‘perfect
year’ for the club.
Paul Cook’s men
secured a return to
the Championship
with a 4-0 win at
Fleetwood on Saturday.
Sharpe (above) said: ‘The FA Cup
run, now promotion, we want to
win the league because the
players and manager deserve it.’
City hold firm
as Lyon tamer
Karen dazzles 3
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
MANCHESTER City
held Lyon to a 0-0
draw in the first leg of
their Women’s
Champions League
semi-final.
Nick Cushing’s side
avoided conceding an
away goal thanks to a
superb performance
from goalkeeper Karen Bardsley (above),
who produced a faultless display. The 33year-old kept her best save until the last
minute, palming away a close-range
header from Amandine Henry.
In the other semi-final, Ji So-yun fired
hosts Chelsea into a second-minute lead
but they suffered a 3-1 first-leg loss to
VfL Wolfsburg.
Wins from 16 games in charge
of MK Dons for Dan Micciche,
who was sacked yesterday with
the club six points from safety
League Two
Jones says promotion
is his ‘proudest day’
LUTON clinched promotion with
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Carlisle
and boss Nathan Jones admitted
it was the proudest day of his life.
Jones won promotion as a player
with Brighton and Yeovil but said:
‘This is the best day of my life,
because as a player you had it,
and you just took it for granted,
but this is the best thing.’
Olly Lee’s equaliser was enough
to send Luton up with Accrington.
Stanley won 4-0 at Wycombe to
put a dent in the third-place
Chairboys’ own promotion hopes.
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ANTONIO CONTE will face his
fierce rival Jose Mourinho in the FA
Cup final in what is expected to be
his last game as Chelsea boss after
the Blues overcame Southampton
in yesterday’s semi-final.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and
Alvaro Morata secured a 2-0 victory
at Wembley, where Saints boss
Mark Hughes was angered by the
failure to use the video assistant referee system when his side had a
goal ruled out.
Conte and Manchester United
boss Jose Mourinho have clashed
numerous times, although both
played down their feud before February’s league meeting.
The Italian, who lost to Arsenal in
last season’s cup final, yesterday insisted he had no issue with former
Chelsea boss Mourinho, while
also saying United will start
the game as favourites.
‘With Jose, we have clarified the situation,’ said
Conte, who is tipped to
leave Chelsea this summer.
FINAL
FAREWELL
by DAVID GURNEY
‘There’s not a problem between him
and I. We’re talking about two managers with strong characters, and
two winners. I’ve great respect for
United’s story, for Mourinho’s story.
They have the same respect, I think,
for Chelsea’s story and my story.
‘I can tell you that we played last
season in the final and arrived as favourites against Arsenal.
‘This season, we are arriving not
as favourites. But, as you know, we
lost the final [last year].’
Hughes saw his team have a goal
disallowed when Charlie Austin
was penalised for a nudge on Willy
Caballero, with the Chelsea goalkeeper taking the ball over the line
as a result.
VAR was available but not used,
and Hughes said: ‘If ever
there was a situation for
VAR to play a hand and
step in to review that, I
would have thought that
was an opportunity.’
Joy and pain: Giroud celebrates after opening
the scoring at Wembley where Saints boss
Hughes (right) was angry with the officials
n Conte sets up Wembley showdown n Saints manager Hughes fuming
with Jose but says there’s no bad blood as VAR not used after goal ruled out
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Superb Salah is named
PFA Player of the Year
MOHAMED SALAH was
crowned the Professional
Footballers’ Association
Player of the Year last night.
The Egyptian has scored 41
goals since joining Liverpool
from Roma last summer.
Salah, 25, saw off tough
competition from Manchester
City star Kevin de Bruyne.
‘It’s a big honour. I’ve
worked hard,’ said Salah, who
has 31 Premier League goals,
tying the most in a 38-game
season. ‘To break the Premier
League record is something
huge in England and all over
in the world. There are still
three games to go. I want to
break this record.’
City’s Leroy Sane was
named Young Player of the
Year, while Chelsea and
England forward Fran Kirby
won the Women’s Player of
the Year award.
The PFA’s Merit award
went posthumously to Cyrille
Regis, the former West Brom
forward who died in January.
Wenger claims ‘hurtful’
fans influenced his exit
Honoured: Salah
ARSENE WENGER has
admitted growing supporter
unrest contributed to his
decision to leave Arsenal at the
end of the season.
The 68-year-old saw his side
beat West Ham 4-1 at the
Emirates Stadium in their
first game since he announced
on Friday he would step down.
Wenger has been in charge
at Arsenal for more than 21
years but his role has come
under increased scrutiny.
‘Personally I believe this
club is respected all over the
world, much more than in
England, and that our fans
did not give the image of unity
I want at the club all over the
world and that was hurtful,’
said the Frenchman.
‘I feel the club is respected
and overall the image we gave
is not what it is and not what I
like. I’m not resentful with the
fans, I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I
think our club is, that is more
important than me.’
Long goodbye: Wenger
MAN CITY 5-O SWANSEA | ARSENAL 4-1 WEST HAM | STOKE 1-1 BURNLEY Reports: Pages 33-35 »
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